OK, I mentioned the pushup challenge on several posts, including using that it is finally over as my Weekly Smile, but I really haven’t talked about it. What was it, how did I get into it, what were my experiences and what are my final thoughts? Well, if you were curious…
About a month ago my brother tagged me on FaceBook for the challenge. It was to do 25 pushups every day for 25 days, video it, and post on FaceBook with a little blurb about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). I was also supposed to tag someone every day, but, just NO.
I’m in pretty good shape. I have been very consistent in my exercise routine through 2020, including a full body weight training that I do at least twice a week. I almost never do pushups, but it should not have been hard, right?
So I did the first 25, face into the camera. I hated the video, so tried again, but only reached 17. Half an hour later, I tried one more time, but only 20. On the other hand, I had done 62 pushups that first day! So the rest should have been a piece of cake, right?
On the second day I began to get sore abbot half way through and lost count. I did 27, to be safe. I looked at the video and, YUCK! I thought I was doing pretty good, but they were awful! (I started saying everyone who made fun of my form had to do the challenge ;) ).
Day three, my pectoral muscles were burning by umber 10. Day 4, by 8. My head was bobbing all over the place, and my body did a little wave on the way up.
I started to pick a spot on the floor and keeping my eyes on it, which helped the head bob, but it was difficult and I had to keep my mind on it. By day 8 the burn on my Pecs started to decrease.
I have done a ton of abdominal exercises in the past, working the “core”. Oh well, I discovered that my core was still weak. So I started to work on that, and keeping my body from flopping.
OK, quick numbers – After the first day, I ended up doing 50 three more times because I didn’t record the first 25. I did 26 on 9 days and 27 on 5. I did at least 725 pushups over those 25 days…
Every day I tried to do something different so people would know I wasn’t cheating. One day I pretended to be in high school gym class. Twice I had my kayak in the background. I went shirtless once (so embarrassing! (even though I am a guy, so nothing naughty)).
Take aways? First, I need to incorporate pushups in my normal exercise routine, at least twice a week. I need to start at 15 and make sure I go very deep and have perfect form. Maybe do two sets of 15 at different times in my routine.
Second, I wasn’t in as good of shape as I thought! I am looking at other exercises to do to mix up my routine and make sure I hit all major muscle groups.
Third, I am actually glad I participated. It was a good challenge. I got something out of it and I hope to continue to receive benefit.
Anyway, if you didn’t see it before and are curious, here is the video of the last day. I put my Piano Prelude #11 in Bb Major in the background so something would be interesting ;) I did a total of 26 here, including that half a push up at the end.
Yeah, my form is awful, but I finished. And, as I said, that last half pushup was really number 26, so it doesn’t count against me that it was totally awful ;)
(In the past, I have written a few posts about exercise and may someday do a series, but not yet…)