Assorted Pushup Challenges
Nine days into the “10,000 Pushups in 30 Days” challenge I decided to add a few more pushup challenges. 10,000 pushups is a lot to get through and it helps to have some little mini-challenges to keep things interesting.
Cycling Power Challenges
Whilst I can run I still don’t feel my body is balanced enough to do so without re-enforcing bad movement patterns. This is due to lingering imbalances from what was diagnosed as hip osteoarthritis. In the meantime I’m finding spin classes to be an awesome way to build CV fitness. I’m a member of my local Lifestyle Fitness gym; they have spin classes every day so I’m never short of options. The only downside to spin is that it’s not progressive – it’s difficult to ensure that you’re working hard enough to improve fitness levels. That’s where my Cycling Power Challenge comes in.
Eric Ervin’s Charity Challenge – 10,000 Pushups in 30 Days
Eric is currently deployed in Afghanistan, but true to form he’s still thinking of others and constantly challenging himself. He’s organized this pushup challenge to raise money for a charity getting water to Puerto Rico. The goal is to complete 10,000 pushups in the month of November; A $5 donation gets you a patch (badge) on completion.
Pullups – 6100 in 68 Days
I started out with the intention of completing the 5000 pullups in 68 days GORUCK challenge. By the third day I somehow managed to get myself into competition with Eric Ervin who had completed the 5k challenge in 2014. His daily pullup numbers were still on the GORUCK challenge spreadsheet so I decided to match his number each day and raise it by 1. Eric had completed 6030 pullups in 63 days so suddenly I’d put myself under a lot more pressure! Forearm pain quickly set in, and despite hanging in for a few extra days with the use of hook wrist straps and elbow straps I eventually decided that a tactical retreat was in order. At the next attempt (probably January) I’ll be better prepared.
A Different Pullup or Pushup Variety Every Day for a Year
The goal is to try and do 10 reps of pushups and/or 3 reps of pullups every day for the rest of the year; the catch is, it needs to be a different variation every day. I aimed for both and managed to keep going until mid October before running out of ideas and adapting the rules. I’m still dipping in and working on lots of different varieties.