I Never Thought I Could Do A Single Pushup… Featured: 100 Pushups App

The exercise I generally do involves jumping jacks at a rest stop when I’m on the road for 3 hours or more. And I walk to my car. Sometimes…

 

But I do enjoy movement, I certainly want to be fit, and I like the idea of challenging myself. So when I heard colleagues at work (do you call them colleagues if they’re paid and have authority and you’re an unpaid intern?) talk about an app that helps you reach one hundred pushups within 6 weeks, I had to check it out. I downloaded the 100 Pushups app on my iPhone that night.

 

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Here’s How It Works:

You see how many pushups you could do at once (every set is called a “rep”). If you’re anything like me, you’ll first watch a YouTube video to make sure you know what a pushup is. Then you’ll try it and say you can do 5 pushups at once, although you’re pretty sure you only did one right.

 

 

This WikiHow page gives a pretty good overview of the different ways to do pushups, depending on your fitness level and goals.

 

Next, the app tells you do a certain amount of pushups, based on your entry. You can decide to do fewer but you can usually push yourself.

 

The app tells you how long to stop and breathe. You can add to this or make it shorter.

Then you do more! The app guides you through several reps with breathing time between. You choose to get reminders 3 times a week and each time, you reps will get longer – and so will the breathing times.

Within 6 weeks (or more, if you choose to drag it out like I did), you can be doing 100 pushups! Yes, you!

 

The Way I Did It

The first time I worked out, I was charley horse for days. Muscles I hadn’t known existed were pinching and groaning and I could barely walk. I pushed myself again. There were sometimes I took an extra day or few between workout days, but that probably made it harder for the next time. As the reps got longer, I took longer breathing breaks too, so my workout sessions were lengthier but I turned on a fun TV show (America’s Got Talent, anyone?) and let it take an hour or so.

 

IT WORKS.

 

You can see my progress here (reading bottom upwards…)

This was the beginning of my journey.

 

I’m up to 5 weeks, and I already did 95 pushups. Sure, it’s been murder, but it’s possible. And I plan to keep going.

Somehow, I’m achieving the impossible.

 

Have you ever tried a fitness app like this, or do you want to? Do you have an app that’s allowed you to do something you otherwise couldn’t? Share the results and your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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