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100 Pushups: Week 1, Day 1

As I told you last week, I am going to try and do 100 pushups after 6 weeks of preparation.  Honestly, I don’t know that I really believe that I can do 100 pushups, but I am willing to give it a try.  I know believe and I can…  Well, we will see what happens in 6 weeks.

Anyway, yesterday was the first day.  I put it off for the first half of the day.  My original plan was to do it right after my morning run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  But  After putting some thought into it, I decided that I would need the rest, and thus I would do it in the evenings just before my downtime in front of the TV.

However, seeing that I didn’t have to work yesterday, I decided to do it earlier.  So, just before lunch and after working on a few chores, I settled in and started.

The first 10 pushups from week 1, day 1 were pretty easy.  I was thinking this shouldn’t be a problem.  However, each set got harder and harder.  When I started set 5, I wasn’t sure I would be able to complete it.  And as self-fulfilling prophecy would have it.  I didn’t do it.  I had to take a short 2 second rest on my knees before I did the 7th pushup.

My pectorals are sore now.  But the good thing is that my shoulder soreness from a volleyball game a week ago is gone.  I don’t know if it’s because new pain is worse than the old pain.  But I would like to believe that it has more to so with the stretching and tightening of the muscles.

For those of you who are joining me in this adventure, I have made an easier-to-read 6-week chart (PDF) to help you prepare for each days exercise.  I suspect that none of you are joining because none have told me you are.  But, I thought that I would share this anyway.

Also, since I won’t be writing about my adventures on a regular basis, you can follow my progress on-line.  I have a spreadsheet that will have my workout reports on them.  You can check this out at google.

The best part of doing this yesterday was that I got most of my family involved.  I kept teasing, goading, prodding, and having fun with my older kids and wife that they were going to join me.  By the end of the day everyone in our family over the age of 8 had done some portion of the program.  We’ll see if we can get them to complete it with me.

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3 comments to 100 Pushups: Week 1, Day 1

  • How funny! I’d been doing that sort of thing fairly regularly until a couple of months ago, but yesterday (Monday) was my first time getting back to the regimen (actually 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 deep-knee bends in sets of 10). I felt pretty good, so then I decided I’d run a mile. My wife saw me running (the cemetery near our house is about a half mile around) as she got home from her tae bo workout and asked how much more I was going to run. I couldn’t wimp out on her, so I ended up running 4 miles instead.

    My pecs are killing me, and my legs are, too!

    I saved the 6-week chart as something I can do for variety.

    Thanks.

  • Jeremy

    I decided to do the program after I read your original post and checked out the 100 pushups website. My wife and I did day 2 last night. It is pretty fun to be doing it together. I’m quite a bit overweight and she’s nearly underweight so we both will benefit. The cool thing is that we are on the same track so there is a bit of the element of competition. The idea of having my wife be able to do 100 pushups while I was still stuck at 15 is unbearable!

    Thanks for the PDF. It makes a lot more sense than the stuff you can download from the website.

  • Frank,
    That is just too awesome. I honestly don’t think that even after I finish the program I could do 100 pushups in sets of 10. But It will build my upper body (hopefully back to my high school swim team days). Looks like the soreness even happens to those who are in great shape. Dang I was hoping it would go away eventually.

    Jeremy,
    Thanks for joining us. It is a tough program, but it looks like some fun. I am glad that you like the chart, because it seemed pointless to make it only for myself.

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