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There's one thing I covet that doesn't cost any money. That is being good at pushups. Used to be I wanted to be able to do a proper push up. One proper push up. I got there. Depending on the day, I'm able to do a couple sets of a few proper pushups and then some not so proper more (form breaks and I keep going as well as I can in hope of developing strength).

 

 

But then I took up Muay Thai, and now I'm often required to perform push ups at the end of the training session, after quite some punches thrown at pads, and burpees, and being generally tired and sore. Then my true pushup skills show, and they're shitty.

 

When tired, I can't control the lowering phase and let myself just fall to the floor, and I can't engage my core & hips properly and let my butt drop when pushing up. And then there's the problem of sheer numbers. I can't do very many of them pushups. My coach asks me for twenty, I can barely give her twelve. She lets it go because I'm the only one in the tatami trying for a proper form.

 

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So the challenge now is getting good at pushups.

 

I'm good at other things. I'm good at planks, I do them regular, reverse, sideways, for pretty long. I'm good at core exercises, I can do an almost perfect jackknife, I can go for very many reps of full crunches. I do not suck at squats any more. I learned a few skills in the past couple years. There is no reason why I can't get good at pushups.

 

But why pushups? Because it's the most basic exercise there is. When an instructor wants to assess your fitness, first thing they'll ask you to do, is to perform a pushup. Fist thing they'll teach you to do, is a pushup. Pushups develop arm strength, shoulder strength, core strength, shoulderblades stability, core & hips control, even your wrists get some off it. And I'm suspicious pushups might just be the gateway to heavier exercises. I mean how do you expect do to impressive stuff if you can't even do the basic, catch my drift?

 

Then there's the fact that Bruce Lee was a master of pushups. And anything Bruce Lee was a master of is something worth striving to learn. Am I right?

 

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LOGISTICS

 

1. Practice everyday

It could be straightfoward pushups or planks if I'm sore/tired, or some variation if I'm bored.

 

2. Time of day: before shower

Everytime before I hit the shower I'll drop down and merrily push myself up. That way I don't have to worry about breaking sweat or proper clothing or putting aside a special time of the day to practice. More than one shower per day means more than one practice session per day, even if just a quick plank.

 

3. Number of reps

As stated below, I'm not aiming for 1,000 pushups, but for an ALLEGORICAL thousand, as in a whole lot of pushups. But I do think it should be fun to count them and add the sum at the end. I think I might impress a nerd or two around here at the end hehe

 

4. Goals

  • Good form
  • Stamina
  • Strength

I'll make chicks at my muay thai gym sorry they ever picked up that pad to hold to me (badass posing). (Lol: since i'm a beginner, I don't really fight anybody, I just throw blows at pads. Good times.)

 

I'll be posting before/after videos so we can all laugh at/ be impressed with my pushing up skills as a group :D

 

 

Side goals

 

a. I'm dieting *sigh*. I have to push my bodyweight down since I like lifting my own body around and all my doctors told me to. So the side goal 1 is to keep to the (professionally prescribed) diet during the whole duration of the challenge. Not a piece of candy off.

 

b. Go to muay thai practice at least three times a week (building on the previous challenge).

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I was wondering the math on that, too. 1000 in 4 weeks is 250 per week... if you work them 3 days that's like 80 per day -- no slouch!

 

I think I might have found an element of MY challenge this time around...

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Wow so many push ups. I'm really bad at them. So for what goals are you aiming exactly. A specific number of push-ups a day?

I also drop this link here because of Muay Thai. We would be happy to see you at the Courtyard. =)

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On 06/05/2016 at 5:49 PM, Pavowski said:

I was wondering the math on that, too. 1000 in 4 weeks is 250 per week... if you work them 3 days that's like 80 per day -- no slouch!

 

I think I might have found an element of MY challenge this time around...

 

On 06/05/2016 at 11:21 PM, Grizzy said:

This is awesome! So 1000 pushups would be around 35 per day for a 4 week challenge?

 

People, I'm a literary person. At this very moment, I have Melville in my purse and Lovecraft in my mind. I meant an ALLEGORIC thousand. As in really a lot of pushup, as many as I can, but I won't be counting them. You Americans are too numerical ;) I meant a more Chinese thousand, see? Hahaha

 

On 06/05/2016 at 10:03 PM, mmead0105 said:

You got this!! Push ups are pretty hard for me too, I just don't know why. You just gotta keep pushing...literally

 

Pushups are hard period. You just gotta keep pushing :D

 

On 05/05/2016 at 5:27 PM, Pavowski said:

Now this is a swell challenge.

 

And you might end up swole at the end of it.

 

I'm ... so sorry.

 

I adore bad puns. Keep it up! \o/

 

Will be publishing the logistics in a minute. Working them out.

 

For now, what I have to say for the challenge is that last muay thai class, after it was over, I rested for a couple of minutes as I folded my wraps, and then just dropped down and pushed a couple sets of ten. Despite being tired, I think I observed pretty good form. My poor paws hurt so much afterwards...

 

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Logistics: comments on

 

So I felt to get really good at pushups I should do them everyday. It's also a lot easier to control frequency, and to stablish the habit, doing something every single day. But I then I thought to myself, should I do them everyday? Is it safe? And then I turned to the internet to get better informed on the subject.

 

I came to the conclusion the internet is an idiot. (Not to mention often a liar.) There was even this one guy who stated pushups is not a resisted exercise. And you thought you were lost in strength & conditioning vocabulary, huh?

 

So I have to pull this one out of my own hat. Let me think this through, and out loud:

 

1. My goal is not to gain muscle or even strength per se, but to get better at this one movement. So I don't think any long rests will be required. I'm going for everyday then.

 

2. I have been injured before and I know how it feels. I'm very good at ignoring the signs of injury on the make, but I'll try to be alert. If I feel I'm overdoing, I'll stop, pause, give up, leave it for later... whatever I feel necessary.

 

3. Everyday is the for practicing, not the actual pushing up. Whenever I feel the necessity, I'll do planks instead in order to protect the joints and give the muscles a different stimulus.

 

4. Different stimuli make for a happy life (I just made this up). So I might do different stuff on different days to see how it feels and whether it helps with acquiring the skill. Inclined pushups, top holds, bottom holds, fast, slow, full, half, wide and narrow, eccentric, concentric, and whatnot. You never thought that could be so many possibilities to one simple exercise, did you? ;)

 

I'm psyched! Lets do it!

 

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Sounds like a reasonable plan. You can do it.

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Challenge related: 10'' top hold + 8 reps yesterday and 20'' hold this morning. It was six o'clock. I didn't find it in me to push.

 

Muay thai related: I saw Ong Bak on netflix last night. So. Fucking. Cool. It's such a good movie it has replays, as in football matches? It was like "look at this backward flip again, it was just too good, or this fall, or this jump, or look at this explosion three times". Really good stuff.

 

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I feel really shitty today. I have one of those energy-sucking PMSs combined with midterms anxiety. I got a stiff neck and sore feet and knees and trouble focusing and difficulty sleeping. I just wanna lay down and cry.

 

Still I push. Did really well on last Friday's and today's tests. Got still one test on Thursday and a presentation on the same day. I'm so tired I can't even look up the judicial decisions I need for the presentation Thursday morning. And I still have one more round of work this evening. Thank god it's menial stuff! #halfabrain

 

Slipped on the pushups during the weekend when I got distracted with schoolwork. But Monday got right back to it and delighted to feel form improving.

 

Pushups

Accumulated pushups: 61

(4 out of 6 days)

 

Diet

Not one day without slipping! Doing bad! PMS, disorganization, anxiety, too much time away from home - excuses abound... so does fatty tissue.

 

Muay Thai

All days I could have gone to class I did go. (2/2)

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I'm so sorry that you're not feeling well!! It can be hard to persevere through stuff like that, but it's awesome that you've still been making it to class and are making progress towards your (metaphorical :) ) thousand pushups! I'm impressed by your determination and dedication to this goal. Keep moving forward, and don't let the small slipups get you down.

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*dancing around the office and singing* I can see cleary now the rain is gone.... I can see aaaaaall obstacles in my way... :barbershop_quartet_

 

One thing that can be said about PMS and midterms both is that they pass...

 

I'm tired, but I'm still an A student and already making plans for graduation (at the end of the year). Got my CV updated yesterday and I gotta tell you, even I am impressed with myself. People should definitely hire me. I rock. Imma make a million for some lucky firm someday. Or maybe I'll live in material poverty and intellectual wealth for the rest of my life, which is fine too :)

 

Tue, Wed & Thu were a little tricky and I didn't either go to muay thai class or do the pushups. So it's just Monday and today, Friday, which is better than nothing.

 

Also, I lost a pound hehe (an entire one!)

 

Pushups

Accumulated pushups: 101

(6 out of 11 days)

 

Diet

As soon as PMS broke, I got a decent eating day. (1/5, this week)

 

Muay Thai

Took some effort to make the second day. And I did it. (2/3, this week)

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I just have to put this out there: I can't wait for the semester to end and for law school to end for good and for me to have time to dedicate to sport & exercise again! It's just so great! I miss it like fuck. I was just at a restaurant now and saw this superstrong dude wearing a crossfit t-shirt and I was like envying the guy. I want people to see the strength in me too. I want to irradiate this piece of my identity. I want to be able to work on it for real, and to improve and to get good at it.

 

*sigh*

 

Back to the work desk.

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On ‎20‎/‎05‎/‎2016 at 1:53 AM, Bookworm_Tess said:

I just have to put this out there: I can't wait for the semester to end and for law school to end for good and for me to have time to dedicate to sport & exercise again! It's just so great! I miss it like fuck. I was just at a restaurant now and saw this superstrong dude wearing a crossfit t-shirt and I was like envying the guy. I want people to see the strength in me too. I want to irradiate this piece of my identity. I want to be able to work on it for real, and to improve and to get good at it.

 

*sigh*

 

Back to the work desk.

 

I felt the same way about med school!  Then about internship... then residency... then registrarhood... You get the picture.  :)  And *then* I had children and realised what "no time to work out" really meant... From what my brother in law says, the early years out of law school can be much the same.  So I think the habits you're building now, when life is crazy, are going to serve you well through the rest of what is sure to be a really busy, exciting, stimulating, but time-poor life.  :) I love your challenge and I love the way you write, will be following along!

 

(For the record, I do think I'll eventually have "enough" time to sink into my exercise goals.  In about 2 years time when I finish training and reach consultant.  Because then I don't intend to ever work full time again!)

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On 21/05/2016 at 5:50 PM, Kiki Dee said:

I felt the same way about med school!  Then about internship... then residency... then registrarhood... You get the picture.  :)  And *then* I had children and realised what "no time to work out" really meant... From what my brother in law says, the early years out of law school can be much the same.  So I think the habits you're building now, when life is crazy, are going to serve you well through the rest of what is sure to be a really busy, exciting, stimulating, but time-poor life.  :) I love your challenge and I love the way you write, will be following along!

 

(For the record, I do think I'll eventually have "enough" time to sink into my exercise goals.  In about 2 years time when I finish training and reach consultant.  Because then I don't intend to ever work full time again!)

 

Hey, Kiki, thank you for the encouragement. The important thing is to not wait till *then* to starting working on strength, conditioning & skills, because we don't want to be unprepared when the time to have time for the gym finally comes, right? A little bit right now is better the all of it in the future ;)

 

--> New week starting out! Week number three, new chance to do it all perfect and get a high grade on the challenge! Hehe! Everything is salvageable still!

 

Week two was kinda bad. Here are the numbers:

Pushups: 3/7 days - Accumulated week 2: 70 - Accumulated challenge: 111

Diet: 2/7 days (so bad!)

Muay Thai: 2/3 days

 

So I'm gonna make week three impeccable! Today I already went to Muay Thai class and did my pushups (only 10 as this was one hard practice this morning). Dieting in the morning is easy, it's the evening that's the tricky part! But I'll stay strong and power through!

 

This is the last week before my license examination (bar) and I still have a lot of work to do. So it promises to be a crazy week. I'm just glad my hormones are on check for this week lol. Silver linings, right.

 

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I haven't disappeared! Haven't given up either. Against all hardships, I'll finish this challenge the best I can. And since I'm not even near getting good at pushups, Imma need myself another one.

 

So I took "the bar" (license examination for practicing law) last Sunday and I didn't go well. I put an enormous amount of effort into getting prepared, as you can imagine, specially on the last few days. The thing is I'm pretty proud about my grades, and I have been working on them for many semesters (my avarage is 8.7/10), and I wasn't about to just give that up so I could focus on the examination material, so I didn't really have all the time I needed to prepare and left some stuff out. I particulary left out a subject that has very little relevance on everyday life (there have been exactly 22 actions filed on that subject, in the entire 24 states, over the course of a couple of decades), and that was exactly what they asked of me in the test.

 

We are asked to write a petition for a hypothetical case, and we are expected to know what kind of action we intend to use to solve that particular hypothetical problem. It's a classic mistake to get the action wrong, and that's just what I did. For instance to write a petition to cease and decease when you actually needed a tort suit, or something like that. The thing is, if the type of action is wrong, they don't even read your petition, it's a 0, and you're out. Try again in four months.

 

So I lost some sleep over that, before and after, and now I'm mending the pieces of my pride here and getting ready to get back in the fight.

 

As for the challenge, week 3 *I left my notes on the number of pushups at home and will be editing soon to include it*.

 

Pushups: ...

Diet: ONE! day (argh)

Muay Thai: 2/3 days

 

 

Diet-wise, the problem is I was working my ass off with the "bar" thing, and it is very hard to study a f**ing lot and be hungry at the same time. I managed to keep my days within the diet, but as soon as got home in the evening after a long day (and had to study a few hours more), I fell in every kind of trap.

 

But that's how life goes. No one said shit was easy.

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Oh, I'm so sorry your exam didn't go well!  It's just awful when that happens.  What a horrible way to do an exam - get the first part wrong and nobody even reads your answer!  It sounds like the exam bears very little resemblance to real life practice and I hate it when exams do that!

 

I failed my first attempt at my written specialist exam.  Was absolutely devastated.  I think I can honestly say it was the only time I had ever failed an exam in my life.  (It was a hard one - less than 30% of the candidates passed!)  To make matters worse I was 12 weeks pregnant at the time, and the next exam was 6 months away.  I did have one boss pushing me to sit that exam but I pointed out I'd be like 39 weeks pregnant by then!  (As it happened my daughter was born at 38 weeks anyway so thank heavens I didn't apply to sit!)  Fast forward several years and I was finally in a position to study and sit again, this time 9 weeks pregnant with my son!  (Yeah I seem to have a habit there!).  Passed that time.  :) 

 

Anyway the point of that long anecdote was:  failing exams is pretty much the worst, especially if you're a lifelong high achiever who has literally no experience in dealing with that.  But you'll learn, you'll come back better than ever, and you'll get it next time.  :) 

 

I thought of you tonight when I was doing my pushups.  ;) Which, for the record, I *totally* suck at!

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