Yesterday was my all time pushup high. Believe it or not, and I am saying this to myself, I did a total of 225 pushups. Huh? Only six months ago, my total number of pushups in one day was 5. Yes, 5. There is no way that I could have believed back then that I could do more than 15 in a row, 20, 30 and certainly not 40.
What do I like so much about pushups? I cannot say that I enjoy doing them, they are work, and tiring, and when I am done with 40 or 50, it takes a while to recover. They just seem to be very basic with big benefits, just moving your own body, no other equipment and I can do them at home, do not have to run to the gym.
As I have mentioned before, I have been doing pushups the following way for the last six months, three times a week;
Day 1 which most times is on a Monday, but can be any other day depending on if I am sore or not from a different workout like free weights. Day 1 is always for me just to do my maximum number of pushups in one shot. Last week I did my high which is 52. The first 40 I got through pretty well and even to 45, not too bad, but the last 7 were a bear! I had to slow down but was still able to push through the last 7.
I used to stop at my maximum and just end it there with one set, but over the last month or so, since my current goal is to be able to do 100 pushups in one shot, I decided that I would see how fast I can get up to 100, using the first set as a springboard to 100. So I did a few more sets to get up to 100 within 10 or 15 minutes, 10, 15, I was not to precise about it, just wanted to get up to 100.
Day 2 and Day 3 I follow the same pattern, I do 5 sets of pushups. When I began six months ago, I did 5 sets of 1 pushup, and each day at the time and week, I would add one pushup, sometimes half a pushup. I first saw this idea of doing 100 pushups on a site called 100pushups or something to that effect, I will find it , here it is: hundredpushups.com. I thought that was totally insane, impossible, not in my wildest dreams.
This site has a system, but frankly, I could not keep progressing with their system, maybe if I was 18 or 25 I would have the strength, but at my age of 55, no way. So I have been applying more the system of Mehdi from stronglifts.com which is based on ‘gradual’, so I have been going gradual, sometimes adding 5 pushups if they were going easy to as little as half a pushup or a whole pushup over the course of a week or more.
So yesterday was my day 3 of this week. I did pushups on Sunday (my 52 high) then tuesday and then thursday. I had been doing 45, 35, 35, 35 and 40 the previous few weeks, but yesterday turned it up a notch, gradually to 46, 36, 36, 36 and 41 which gave me a grand total if I did my math right of 195 and then I added another set of 20 and 10 to bring it up to 225. Not too shabby!
One of these days I will get someone to take a picture of me doing the pushups and not the Marines!