Push Up Motivation
Do you need some push-up motivation?
How about a 55-year-old guy who couldn’t even do five pushups in the course of a day, being able to do 300 in a day six months later?
Do not give up even if you cannot do one push-up today.
Once you start eating real food and moving, it will not take long for your body to start changing.
And soon enough, you will hit one pushup and then start adding more over time.
How do you motivate yourself to do push-ups?
A Fantastic Body Weight Exercise
What’s so great about pushups?
The regular push-up is an effective compound exercise that targets multiple muscle groups, but all you need is a floor!
With pushups, you will primarily work your:
- chest muscles (pectoralis major and minor),
- front shoulder muscles (anterior deltoids),
- and your triceps.
Additionally, pushups engage your core muscles, including the rectus abdominis and obliques, for stability and support during the exercise.
The muscles of your back, including the trapezius and rhomboids, also play a role in stabilizing your body during the pushup movement.
Therefore, doing one set of even one push-up as one of your daily habits and adding more as you get stronger will gradually transform your body.
Only One Exercise
You don’t need to do a million different things to start looking more like an athlete than a bowl of Jell-O.
All you need is the only exercise you can remember every army sergeant scolding a soldier, demanding to give him one more push-up.
True, pushups are hard work but well worth the investment.
Hashi Mashi Journal
Originally, I started this blog merely as a way to record and motivate myself to keep eating real food and exercising.
Not being able to see my feet over my very distended belly one fine summer evening was the slap I needed to do something.
I wrote this entry six months after starting my fitness journey:
Today, December 19, 2012, is a pushup set day, and I have two pushup set days per week. On the max day, I do as many consecutive pushups as possible, and that is it, nothing else, cause I need to rest after that.
On the set day, I will do five or more sets of pushups throughout the day. I still have to work up to being able to do them within one, two, or three hours, but honestly, so far at this point, once I do my first set, which for today was 49 pushups, that is already so much that it takes some time for my arms to recover and be able to go at it again.
Want Some Motivation To Keep Increase Pushups Gradually?
How About Going From 5 Pushups In A Day To 300?
So far today, I did:
a big break
Breakfast (Hashi Mashi, what else?! See the related posts below for a link to the recipe.)
Had a box of raspberries and some grapes in between. Was not too hungry for much lunch.
39 pushups before dinner time, and now it is already after 11, but I only have 166 pushups for the day. So, I am going to get down and do some more!
UPDATE: I did 44 more, ya! which I believe is equal to 21o total at this point.
And before I do that, I should mention that tonight I saw ‘Eva’ out and about in the City. She had not seen me for a while, and she exclaimed:
“Richi Hashimashi! If you get any slimmer, I am going to be really pissed off! You look good now, no more!”
and I tried to explain to her that I do not even go on a scale anymore, at least not for a while, and when I said:
“No Butts, no nothing, you’re good now, no more, or I will force feed you Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla heath bar crunch”
Honestly, I must admit that the idea of Ben and Jerry is somewhat tempting. That was one of my major sweet treats, and Eva knows my hot buttons too well!
I did not have a chance to tell Eva that, in fact, I have not lost weight for months; I have just been maintaining, eating when hungry & working out harder.
This Friday, December 21, will be exactly six months from the day that I started back on June 21.
Wow, time is flying, but I have probably not lost any weight at all for one to two months; my body seems to have settled here wherever I am, and the clothes are fitting right, which is, I am sure, related to keeping up with the real food and real strength exercises.
Alright, I will have to explain that to ‘Eva’ over a good dinner, cause she does care!
Now, it’s time for some more press-ups, as they say in London. Be back in a few!
Whew. alright, I did another set of 44, which brings my pushup total for the day to 210. I am going to push for some more today, just because I feel like it!
I would rather be overdosing on the pushups than the chocolate chip cookies and the Ben and Jerry’s. Back then, when the only ‘food’ I had was ice cream and cookies, I could not do more than five total pushups in the day.
Today, to celebrate, I want to see how far I can get. Already at 210, I should be able to do a few more. I will let you know as I move ahead tonight.
So I just did another 20 + 20+30 + 20 for 300!
That might not be a big deal for many people out there, but for me, it is considering where I started!
Back on June 21, 2012, the thought of even doing twenty in a day was exhausting, but today, six months later, I know I have more juice left to do more, but I will hold it at 300; it is enough for today, have to rest up tomorrow and do deadlifts perhaps and curls, give my triceps and shoulders a rest for another day.
If pushups are good for the US Marines, then they are good enough for me and you!