The 100 Push-ups Challenge – Week 3

by DaniGirl on April 27, 2010 · 7 comments

in It IS all about me

Okay, bloggy peeps — time to check in with your push-up progress! I’m so tickled to see another handful of brave souls have joined the challenge. *waves to Liisa and Shannon and Ingrid and Andrea and Brenda and maybe Lynn, too*

So here’s my confession for the week: I only barely made it to Week 3. I didn’t realize until this week that there’s a test (a test!) every two weeks, and if you can’t make the minimum threshold then you are supposed to go back and re-do the previous week or two. I’ve been using the iPod app to track my progress, and when I switched it on to begin Week 3 last night, it told me I should do an exhaustion test — that is, do as many push-ups in a row as I could.

On the one hand, I was pretty pleased that I could do 16 good-form push-ups in a row. (Remember, less than a month ago I could do only one!) On the other hand, I only barely made it into Week 3 — the app and the web site both suggest that you progress with Week 3 only if you can do more than 15 push-ups in your exhaustion test.

And exhausted is right! As soon as I finished the exhaustion test and figured out where I was supposed to be, I tried to go ahead with the Week 3 Day 1 program of 10, 12, 7, 7 and 9 push-ups and could barely squeak out a set of 8 before collapsing in a quivering heap on the carpet. So I’m officially starting Week 3 tonight with a fresh run at it.

How are y’all doing? Making progress? I took a peek ahead, and I may be stuck in Weeks 3 and 4 for quite some time — you’re supposed to be able to do a minimum of 30 in a row (!!) before you progress to Week 5. This may be a longer six weeks than I thought!!


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1 smothermother April 27, 2010 at 11:53 am

weird this. i dreamed of doing push ups last night. perhaps a nudge to get me onto this challenge. hmm… i’ll have to check out the website and see what it is all about…

2 Liisa April 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Just completed Week 3: Day 1. That was tough. I don’t know how I will get through Day 2 of this week. May have to move down a level.

Confessions:
1) I did not do Week 2: Day 3, but I did push-ups in one of my other workouts so figured that counts for something.
2) I did not do the exhaustion test, but estimated how many I could do now.
3) In today’s workout, I took a 3 minute break before the last set… and it was still a SLOW set.

3 Christy April 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Ok – now you’ve got me. I am starting tomorrow morning! I do them at the gym throughout the week but it’s in the middle of a bootcamp type session and I think it will be more accurate if I do it on their own, first thing in the morning.

I’m printing out the info now and leaving it right in the living room where I will be attempting to see how strong (tee hee) I am! Thank you for the update.

4 Mom On The Go April 27, 2010 at 2:14 pm

I printed the instructions this week. I guess I should follow them now, eh. I think I’ll tell Reid about the plan and let her be in charge of “supervising”. She’ll annoy the &*I(U& out of me if I try to miss a day ;+) Thanks for the inspiration.

5 Lynn April 27, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I’m officially on board…but so, so ashamed. So far I have been doing my push ups every other day and I can do…one. I’ve been trying for two and I can now half-ass the second one without doing a belly flop, which I guess is progress?

I feel weak. But I’m committed.

6 andrea from the fishbowl April 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I am taking the “girl pushup” route and I’m finding them to be challenging enough!

I know myself. If I’m a little bit good at something I’m more likely to stick with it than if I am absolutely terrible at something. (Make sense?) And I have neck and shoulder issues, so I have to take it easy.

I totally recommend going this route!

ANYWAY, I just finished Week 2, Day 2. I’m on level 3 and I did 84 total reps. I was a big wobbly mess at the end but I did it! (Even though they’re girly pushups!) I am noticing a big difference in arm strength already, as well as some improved upper arm definition.

Maybe when I reach 100 I’ll go back and start again with real ones.

7 DaniGirl April 28, 2010 at 7:00 am

Yay team push-up! (Hmm, that doesn’t sound as good as I thought it would!) Glad to have Barbara and Christy on board too! And I think we’ve almost hooked Julie… 😉

She didn’t mention it in her comment, but y’all should note that Liisa did her push-ups in her office in heels yesterday — now that’s dedication!!

Lynn, if you can do one that’s one more than I could ever do before this month. I swear, it does get easier. Aim for two, you can do it!

And Andrea, lookit you go! 84 push-ups is *amazing*!

I got through the Week 3 Day 1 programme in full yesterday, but it wasn’t easy! It was a total of 46 push-ups — gasp! The end of last week was only 32, that’s a hell of an incremental jump!!

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