Workout – 2/6/14

Today was the day I had been waiting for.

See, I’m a sick puppy. I love pull-ups and push-ups. Love them. Today’s workout was The Challenge from P90X3. For those who do not know, The Challenge is nothing but pull-ups and push-ups. The concept is simple. You pick a number for each and attempt to stick with that number for each set of each respective exercise. My numbers were 24 (for push-ups) and 12 (for pull-ups). The the whole workout wraps up with what Tony calls “The Burnout” wherein you do 1 pull-up and 3 push-ups for as many rounds of each as you can before time runs out. I did 5 total rounds, which equals 20 total reps – 5 pull-ups and 15 push-ups.

Altogether I did 101 pull-ups and 207 push-ups.

I told you I’m a sick puppy. Here’s the thing though – when I first started doing these workout thingies I couldn’t have done 3 pull-ups, and I’d have been utterly tapped out at about 30 total push-ups. It’s all about persistence. As a kid I never passed the President’s Physical Fitness test. Not once. Why? Because I could not do a single pull-up. I could run for days, but I had the upper body strength of a kitten. So, when I decided to get fit I decided that the ultimate measure of my success (for me – not objectively, but simply what I wanted to be able to do) would be the ability to do lots of pull-ups. Achievement = unlocked.

Not only that, but I had a blast doing this workout program and am jonesing to do it again next week when I will attempt to up my numbers.

Of course, the only problem is that, as Tony Horton says often, the workout that’s easy… that’s the one you probably don’t need so much. Still, that was fun.

Keep. Pushing. Play.

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