A Dude’s confession: I’m no longer in the most immaculate shape of my life. I was at one point. Second semester of Freshman year I was in that frickin’ gym 4 times a week, sometimes 5. I had pecks that make The Rock’s surgically enhanced ones seem like, like, something, uh, less impressive as the pecks as I had! Yeah! And abs? 6 pack. That’s right. 6 pack.
But not only did I look good, I felt good, 8 hours of sleep per night, never got sick, never got tired, soreness was a constant validation for the better quality of life I was living. Now, years later, I have a job — 3 jobs in fact — and I’ve got bills to pay, and an apartment to not get kicked out of, and what’s one of the first things that went by the wayside as I entered adulthood? Gym membership! I’m not The Blob, but I’m not The Great One anymore either. So here’s what’s going to happen: For the next 30 days, I’m going to do 100 push ups every day.
At the peak of my physically prowess I actually could do over 50 without stopping, now…well let’s say at one of my jobs last week, we had a push-up contest and…I didn’t win…really didn’t…but flab be damned!
For one month I’m proving that you don’t have be a member of Equinox to stay in shape! My theory is that a bit of discipline, effective time management, and effort is enough to keep you on a healthier track. I’m going to get my pecks back if it kills me (and based on the first week, it might). The question is: how to do it? Will I be able to stick to it?
Let me give you an idea of what I’m currently working with through a before pic and video:
The first week has been a humbling one. I can’t do a rep of more than 31 push ups. It’s f*cking embarrassing! And having seen myself on that terrible video, my form has slacked off also. How easy it is to fall and not realize how far you’ve fallen. BUT! Despite a sad sack of a beginning, I’ve come up with a schedule for the push ups.
The first couple of days I simply attempted to do them all at once. A rep of 30, then 25, 20, 15, 10. But getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night and arriving home after 10pm most nights made that a bit time consuming and trying to do it in the morning actually gave me less energy during the next several hours. So, another tactic was necessary.
For the rest of this first week I’ve begun each morning by doing 30. Knock it out, get some blood flowing but not exhausting myself.
On my lunch half-hour to hour, somewhere between noon and 2pm, I’ll do another 30. It’s actually been a nice break up of the monotony of my office job. Gives me a quick break to feel a bit productive if I’m a bit swamped with things to get done and helps burn off a couple, I mean that literally, calories from lunch.
My third set of 30 I do right after clocking out (figuratively). This means somewhere from 6 to 6:30pm. So here it is, dinner time, and I’m only 10 away from my daily goal!
I do my last 10, or more as I find is possible, at about 10pm when I’m enjoying a few minutes of downtime or taking a break from other work. And there ya go! 100 a day. A cinch, right? WRONG!
By day 6, it ain’t as easy as it was on day 4. My usual reps were getting harder. Definitely feeling the burning in my peck minor, major, and traps on top of my shoulders. What’s so fantastic about push ups is that they can work several different muscle groups and develop your arms, shoulders, and upper back. I’m started to get a hint of how everything’s connected biologically…
I haven’t noticed a major difference in terms of sleep pattern but during the day I feel like my energy has picked up a bit (we’ll see if it’s a placebo effect), and my pecks have definitely gained some tone.
Next week will be to experiment with doing different varieties of push ups: that’s right, there’s more than one kind of push ups. In fact, I’ve learned of at least a dozen! That’s right, 12 different kinds of push ups. And gosh darn it, I’m going hurt myself doing all of them!
Keep you posted,
[Lead image via Supri Suharjoto/Shutterstock]