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.
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 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.
One of the biggest challenges in life is learning to separate what we want from what we’re told we should want; failure to do this leads to a lot of stress and unhappiness. Over the past couple of days I’ve been discussing this with Personal Trainer Pamala Sharpe and wanted to share a little of what we talked about.
Going it alone with training is definitely more exciting and rewarding, but it also very difficult to sustain for life; one little distraction and it falls away. You have no competition, no club, no group to welcome you back and help you get back up to speed after an interruption. Anything that makes your goals, dreams and ideas more tangible will certainly help, and for me, that’s exactly what this website does; it gives my training more substance.
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.
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.
“Peeling the Onion – Finding My Inner Superhero” – I have to admit it’s an unusual name for a fitness website. Yet, this little phrase has shaped my approach to training for the last 30 years. It’s not just physical training, but a process of constant physical and mental self-improvement. I firmly believe that this attitude to training is what gave me the inner strength needed to beat an osteoarthritis diagnosis. It will continue to influence the way I train as I relentlessly break down mental and physical barriers in my 60’s, 70’s and beyond.
Background This is my main challenge for 2017. I started out the year with a Personal Trainer that specializes in bodybuilding. I worked with him for 6 months finishing off the year on my own. The reason for this particular challenge? Towards the end of 2016 I’d got myself into a real slump fitness wise. […]
I first attempted this challenge as a ‘challenge within a challenge’ during my 2014 GORUCK 2,500 pullups in 68 days. When you have to get large numbers of pullups completed day in and day out you need little mind games to keep things interesting; better still if you have others to compete with! Basically you try to get 100 pullups done in the shortest time possible. It’s a challenge I plan on doing regularly in an attempt to improve my PB. My 2014 attempt was captured on video – “Benny Hill” style!