100 Push Ups: Week 2 Exhaustion Test

After the Conferences on Saturday, I put my kids to bed, then did some last minute Internet time wasting, before I remembered that I needed to do my exhausion test.

After the 2nd week of the One Hundred Push Ups program, you are supposed to test yourself.  While it is priimarily to see where you belong during week three, I used it to psyche myself up and help me to see that I am improving.

I didn’t want to psyche myself out by counting them.  So, I had my wife count for me.  I was afraid that by knowing that I was past my 15 mark, that I would just give up too early.


I did 25 pushups.  That is 10 more than I idid two weeks ago.  While it isn’t the improvement that I would like to see so that I can complete this program in six weeks.  It is an improvement.  I am excited to see more improvement as I go through the program.

I think that part of my problem was that I didn’t (couldn’t) complete the final set of all but one of the days’ workouts.  Usually, I would fall on my knees with one to three more pushups to do.  I would rest for a few seconds, then complete the set.

Perhaps, I should repeat week 2, but twenty-five push ups are enough for me to go to week 3 if I move to the second column.  So, that’s what I am going to do.  I have been thinking through these past two weeks that it would probably be a better fit for me.

So, tonight, I will be doing 83 or more pushups.  Wow, that sounds crazy.  But I know that I can do it.

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.

One Hundred Push Ups

I am going to start this training program next week.  I am currently nursing a sore shoulder after throwing it out during a volleyball game, so hopefully, it will healed by this Saturday.

I will try to report in a few times over the next couple of weeks and let you know how it goes.

My estimation is that I am at a level 3 based on the intial test, but that was from push ups that I used to do 6 months ago.  I haven’t been doing them lately, so I might not do it quite as well.

Being at level three, this means that I would have to do the more rigourous training program, but I think that I could do it.  If the muscle development happens like they say it will.

I have been running/walking three times a week for the past few months (almost every week since the beginning of the year.  So, hopefully, this will be a nice addition to exercise program.

I would live to have you join me.  If so, let me know, and we can keep tabs on each other.  But not in a competative way.  Just as a help to one another.

HT: Sonny