Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hundred Pushups Week 3 Day 2

After my discouraging finish on Monday, I decided to drop down to column two in the printout for an easier workout today. I really have to swallow my pride. This time I did the complete push up training before starting my BODY PUMP workout. I felt better about that. I will try to do it that way in the future.

My push up training went a lot better today. That is for sure. Today's total was an amazing 96 pushups as follows: 22, 17, 17, 15, 25. The last set was actually 5 more than the minimum of 20 required pushups! Going down to the 2nd column was definitely a good choice for my bruised ego.

Here is a chart of my repetitions for each of the five sets and total push ups for each workout to date:
  1. 10, 10, 8, 6, 16 = 48
  2. 12, 12, 10, 10, 16 = 60
  3. 15, 13, 10, 10, 17 = 65
  4. 12, 12, 9, 8, 16 = 56
  5. 16, 13, 11, 11, 18 = 69
  6. 15, 15, 12, 12, 17 = 71
  7. 25, 17, 17, 15, 15 = 89
  8. 22, 17, 17, 15, 25 = 96
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Hundred Pushups Week 3 Day 1

It is great to be more than 1/3 of the way through my 6 week commitment to hundredpushups.com training. So far so good. My wife is seeing good progress in my pectorals. I am noticing that my shirts are getting tight across my chest. I should have measured before beginning the program.

Today was kind of discouraging. I didn't make my minimum required push ups for the last set. I should have done at least 25, but only made it to 15 before collapsing on the floor. Today's total was a respectable 89 pushups as follows: 25, 17, 17, 15, 15. I'm starting to wonder if it will take 7 weeks to get to 100 consecutive good-form push ups.

Here is a chart of my repetitions for each of the five sets and total push ups for each workout to date:
  1. 10, 10, 8, 6, 16 = 48
  2. 12, 12, 10, 10, 16 = 60
  3. 15, 13, 10, 10, 17 = 65
  4. 12, 12, 9, 8, 16 = 56
  5. 16, 13, 11, 11, 18 = 69
  6. 15, 15, 12, 12, 17 = 71
  7. 25, 17, 17, 15, 15 = 89
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Six Reasons to Do Dairy!

by Denise Austin

If you're not making dairy a part of your healthy lifestyle, you could be missing out on some big benefits, say experts from the American Dietetic Association. For example:

  1. Research suggests that dairy intake and weight-management are strongly connected. Just three servings a day may make losing weight and keeping it off much easier!
  2. A single 8-ounce serving provides 25 percent of your daily riboflavin needs. This important nutrient helps your body convert food into energy.
  3. Fat-free milk is one of the leanest protein sources around. It provides all of the good stuff, but without the fat!
  4. Dairy is rich in calcium, too! Bone up with an 8-ounce glass of milk — it'll provide 30 percent of your daily calcium requirement.
  5. Milk allows you to get vitamin D without the sun damage! A single serving provides 25 percent of your daily intake!
  6. Milk is a great post-workout drink! An 8-ounce glass of skim provides hydration, electrolytes, carbohydrates, and protein — and all for a bargain calorie count of 80. Yum!
Training materials by Denise Austin

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Hundred Pushups Week 2 Day 3

Wow, I made it through two weeks already! This week was way easier than the first week. If you give the program a try, don't give up because of that first week! You will get used to it pretty fast.

I'm still combining my hundredpushups.com training with my Body Pump weight resistance program. It seems to be working out OK.

I had a pretty intense workout today with a total of 71 pushups as follows: 15, 15, 12, 12, 17. I was glad to be more than the minimum for the last set, but wanted to do like 19. Maybe next week I'll break 20 pushups on the final set! That would be something to celebrate.

Here is a chart of my repetitions for each of the five sets and total push ups for each workout to date:
  1. 10, 10, 8, 6, 16 = 48
  2. 12, 12, 10, 10, 16 = 60
  3. 15, 13, 10, 10, 17 = 65
  4. 12, 12, 9, 8, 16 = 56
  5. 16, 13, 11, 11, 18 = 69
  6. 15, 15, 12, 12, 17 = 71
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hundred Pushups Week 2 Day 2

It is fun! Not as sore this week as the first week. So there is hope for the future.

My pushups for the five sets today were 16, 13, 11, 11, 18.

My max for the final set for the first five days of the workout so far are: 16, 16, 17, 16, 18.

Here is a chart of my repetitions for each of the five sets of each workout:
  1. 10, 10, 8, 6, 16
  2. 12, 12, 10, 10, 16
  3. 15, 13, 10, 10, 17
  4. 12, 12, 9, 8, 16
  5. 16, 13, 11, 11, 18

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Hundred Pushups Week 2 Day 1

I'm feeling better. I was pretty sore yesterday. This is definitely taking me out of my comfort zone! No pain, no gain!

I did the hardest program again today, column three in the printout. I did the following number of push ups for each of the five sets today: 12, 12, 9, 8, 16. The minimum for the 5th set today was 30% less than Friday, 10 push ups. It felt good to get to 16 push ups on the final set. It was an easy workout today. I only did push ups today, since it is Monday.

Here is a chart of my repetitions for each of the five sets of each workout:
  1. 10, 10, 8, 6, 16
  2. 12, 12, 10, 10, 16
  3. 15, 13, 10, 10, 17
  4. 12, 12, 9, 8, 16
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Hundred Pushups Week 1 Day 3

Wow, I'm really feeling the push ups in the muscle just below my deltoids. I thought I was in pretty good shape. Pain is my friend. There must be some good growth going on in there!

It took a lot longer for the push up training today, because I had a 120 second rest between sets. So I started my push up training during my leg workout and continued through my normal chest workout. I did my squats during all my rest breaks between push up sets. That really wore me out!

I did the hardest program again today, column three in the program. I did the following number of push ups for each of the five sets: 15, 13, 10, 10, 17. The minimum for the 5th set today was 50% more than the 2nd day, 15 push ups. I was really happy to get to 17 push ups on the final set. It was a killer workout today. I'm shaking like crazy. I wonder if it is too much to combine my push up training with my regular weight resistance training.

Here is a chart of my training so far:
Day 1: 10, 10, 8, 6, 16
Day 2: 12, 12, 10, 10, 16
Day 3: 15, 13, 10, 10, 17

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hundred Pushups Week 1 Day 2

I'm feeling the workouts in my chest and back. This will really be a challenge for me.

We do a 60 minute total body weight resistance program called Body Pump by Les Mills every Wednesday and Friday. I decided not to do my regular chest workout today, since I'm doing the push up training. So I replaced that part of my Body Pump workout with the hundredpushups.com training for week 1 day 2.

Like my first day, Monday, I did the hardest program. I did the following number of push ups for the five sets: 12, 12, 10, 10, 16. The minimum for the 5th set today was only 10 push ups. I was really excited to get to 16 push ups on the final set.

Here is a chart of my training so far:
Day 1: 10, 10, 8, 6, 16
Day 2: 12, 12, 10, 10, 16

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hundred Pushups Week 1 Day 1

I'm committed to do this workout program for the next six weeks. I've decided to do my training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. I'm already doing my weight resistance training on Wednesday and Friday every week. I'll still get my needed day of rest between workouts.

I printed out the PDF file of the hundredpushups.com training program, so I can note on it what I've done each day. As I do each set or level as they are referred to in the PDF document, I check it off. I am noting the date and the number of push ups acheived for each set.

Today, I did the following number of push ups for the five sets: 10, 10, 8, 6, 16. The last set is the only set where you are required to do your maximum number of push ups. They also give a minimum number of push ups that must be acheived. The minimum for the 5th set today was only six push ups. I was really excited to get to 16 push ups on the final set.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Healing Super Snacks

byDavid Zinczenko, with Matt Goulding
If some doctors had their way today, Americans would be more medicated than industrial feedlot cattle. But what most people don’t realize is that the first line of defense against stress, fatigue, depression, and so many other maladies is found in supermarket aisles, not in the drug store.

Research shows that the vitamins, minerals, and active compounds specific to certain fruits, vegetables, and even chocolate and red wine have an immediate and lasting impact on your mood, your health, your fitness — even your sex life.

Whether you have a big presentation at work, or the need to burn a few hundred extra calories a day (and who doesn’t want to do that?), why not put food to work for you? Here are seven research-backed quick cures just waiting for you in the fresh produce bins and supermarket shelves.
David is the author of the New York Times bestsellers the Abs Diet and the Abs Diet for Women, and co-author of the new national bestseller Eat This, Not That!

Read David and Matt's list of 7 super snacks

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Hundred Pushups Initial Test

The initial test is very important to determine how you will train during the first two weeks. I did the initial test today. I didn't want to be distracted by the various levels of rank, so I did the test without reading the Initial Test Rank Chart at hundredpushups.com

How to do the initial test
To perform the test, simply execute as many good-form push ups as you can. Don't cut corners and please don't cheat - the last thing you want to do is end up in the wrong level of the training program! The results may be humbling, but trust me, honesty is the best policy if you want to maximize your strength gains!
I am very happy with my results. I was able to do 26 good-form push ups. That put me at rank 4 of 7, with 7 being the highest score. To score at rank 7 you need to be able to do more than 125 consecutive good-form push ups. I can't imagine ever being able to score that high. Maybe some day!

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hundred Pushups Challenge

I ran across this workout program at the Plurk social network. It looked like a fun challenge to gain more strength. It is a six week training program with a goal to complete 100 consecutive push ups. It has training schedules for men and women of various ages and fitness levels. It is assumed that you will need about 30 minutes a week to do this training program. Not a lot of time to achieve a major strength increase.

What will you gain doing push ups?
Push ups are one of the basic and most common exercises for the human body. Push ups are not only great for your chest, but do a tremendous job of defining your abs, triceps, shoulders and torso.
Join me in the hundred pushups challenge. Tomorrow, I'll take the Initial Test. It will determine my current level of push up ability and what training program I'll follow.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bikini Body With Interval Training

By Grace Lazenby
It's time to pull out that swimsuit or to shop for a new one! In addition to the normal protocol of waxing, self-tanning, a pedicure and any other bikini ritual you may have, we have to take a long hard look at what's been hiding under those jeans all winter and spring. But no worries! Here's a fun fat-burning cardio workout that, along with a very healthy diet, will have you in a bikini..

Interval training
is all the rage right now. Sometimes referred to as HIT (High Intensity Training), the basic idea is that you alternate between bursts of high-intensity work and recovery periods of lower intensity work. I love it for those days when I have to save a little time because you can get a lot done in less time with this workout.

Read more about HiiT at Livestrong.com

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Watermelon-a superfood?

ScienceDaily.com (July 1, 2008) — “The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body,” said Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station.

“We’ve always known that watermelon is good for you, but the list of its very important healthful benefits grows longer with each study.”

Scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

Read more about watermelons

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Chris Coleson Lost 79 Pounds McDonald's Diet

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