100 pushups seems a long long long way away

posted by Unknown On Friday, October 23, 2009
I just struggled through my pushup routine. Over the past few weeks of preparations for my 5k run, I have completely neglected all of the muscles in my upper body and today it showed. However, I'm preparing to turn that around.

A few months ago I had printed off Steve Speirs' Hundred Pushups Training Program and started working on the routine. I got through the first few weeks of the program without too much trouble, but near the end of the third week I began to realize my weaknesses.

I've never been able to do much more than 40 pushups in a row, so the task of working up to 100 pushups is quite daunting and maybe unrealistic for me. However, I'm confident that if I stick to the routine and work at it consistently I will succeed.

I've never been able to do much more than 40 pushups in a row, so the task of working up to 100 pushups is quite daunting and maybe unrealistic for me. However, I'm confident that if I stick to the routine and work at it consistently I will succeed.

The program is built around making small improvement and gradually adding more and more pushups into the workout until the body is capable of completing 100 consecutively.

Routine and stick-to-it-ness are not my strong points. However, this is the sort of goal where the very act of striving after it will develop other good habits along the way.

Success or failure in the end is not what is most important in working towards the 100 pushup goal. Whether I succeed or not, the training along the way will greatly benefit my body, mind, and will.

My body will get stronger. Just going through the motions will ensure that. Also, my mind and will power will be developed and strengthened in the process. My hope is that I will be able to apply the mental skills that I develop in this training to other areas in my life.

Learning to make gradual improvements in small increments over a long enough time line will inevitably lead to radical changes in my life. I can't ask for a better educational experience that that.
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