Let me say this: I hate push-ups. I’ve said it before. And I will likely say it again. I hate push-ups. I have hated push-ups for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure why, but I would rather do 100 burpees than do 10 push-ups. Don’t get me wrong. I do them and I make my class participants do them. It doesn’t mean I enjoy them.
I think my disdain for them originated because I had such little upper body strength. Therefore, I had a difficult time performing them. Then, a while back, I started doing them all the time. I even got a set of those perfect push-up handles and my push-ups improved and increased. Then, I had a terrible back injury and my push-up ability sort of went down the toilet. And I guess I lost any motivation to improve them.
So, for the month of January, I committed to and participated in the 100 a Day Push-up Challenge.
Ugh. As soon as I committed to this I dreaded it. But I committed…
I started the challenge by doing 10 here and 10 there. I’d do all varieties of push-ups – regular, modified (from the knees), triceps, etc. Eventually, I moved on to doing 30 regular push-ups, followed by 20 triceps push-ups twice (50 and 50). Eventually, I was doing as many push-ups at a time that I could do. Sometimes that would be 50, sometimes it would be 70, and by the end, it was 100. I did my push-ups anywhere I could…at the gym, in my living room, or even in the lunch room at work. I made sure I got them done.
Over those 31 days I noticed that my arms and back and stamina for those wretched push-ups because stronger and increased. I didn’t dread getting down to the floor to do the darn things as much as when I first started. I was able to fling off more and more at a time and it made me happy. (Not as happy as when I finally finished the challenge.)
I had fully intended to continue doing a push-up challenge – committing to doing 50 push-ups a day for the year. I started off okay, but then I got hit with bronchitis and a throat infection and the flu and my push-up training came to a bit of a halt for a week or so. But, the last few days I have gotten back on track and have completed (at minimum) my 50 push-ups a day. My hope is that by the end of this year (Lord, give me strength..we are only in February) I will finally enjoy doing push-ups.
If you want to get in on this, comment below and let me know you are going to COMMIT to doing 50 push-ups a day, every day, until the end of 2018, and watch your body change and your strength increase. It takes just minutes a day. Why not commit to this with me?