Yeah, I don’t mean it has to be all at the same time. Like I could break it up into a couple sets throughout the day or something, but that’s what I want to aim for–be able to do 100 push-ups a day.
Maybe next year I’ll go for sit-ups (shudder).
That said, yes, it’s definitely a challenging, crazy goal for someone like me…because I can barely do 5 without feeling major burn, and my form totally sucks as it is now.
I’m learning, but it’s gonna be slow going.
I’ve never been very good with my upper arm strength. I could barely do pull-ups in gym class as a kid, when I was far more active than today. Curl-ups were a bit easier, but those didn’t count for the phys ed tests.
I can do 2 sets of 10 modified push-ups, going from the knees instead of the toes, but it’s been a while and I want to work my way up to real push-ups.
The difficulty is, other than my general out-of-shape state is…well…my shape.
In short, I’m rather top-heavy like the poor S.S. Poseidon was.
But something’s gotta give, and as much as I miss kickboxing and the gym, I can’t afford them. Push-ups require you, yourself, and you.
It would be sensible to get into the swing of re-learning how to use my own muscles and body weight to get healthy on my dimes.
I thought about this a few days ago, and calculated it out. Starting this week, I could make it to 100 push-ups by the end of the week, if I don’t increase my rate too quickly. My first two weeks will be 10 a day, then 1 week of 15, then 2 weeks of 20, and so on and so on. If I’m super sore, I’ll skip a day, but jump back to it.
That’s one reason I’m going super-slow. Another is it’ll give me time to learn and correct my form, get rid of bad habits, and not wear myself out too harshly. I can do 10 push-ups, but that’s about it at a time.
And as I can prove to myself that I can do this, it’ll give me more confidence (and strength, obviously) to keep the momentum going.
Regarding all the things I need to do for myself…this is gonna be a doozy. I think this will be tougher than my music goals, honestly, just because I’ve never been really good at being strong and physical.
But it’ll be worth doing well, and continuing on.
Especially when you don’t know what crazy things are around the corner for your health and body…