Inspired by both Viper and Crossfit, I’ve been working on my pushups lately. Remember last summer, when I could crank out 100 full body pushups in both the morning and evening, in less than three minutes each time? Gosh, that was amazing – thank you to the Insanity program for making me able to accomplish such a feat. Unfortunately, one year later, my strength has dwindled, and I can’t even crank out one set of ten full body pushups. Nothing to do but work on it!
A few weeks ago, I found this traveling WOD, which is very simple: 150 pushups, for time. (Obviously, you break it up into smaller sets and don’t just do 150 pushups, unless you’re insanely strong like this woman who broke the med ball pushup record.) I originally intended to modify the WOD to be 150 pushups from my knees (like the weak little girl I have apparently become), but when I started reaching failure doing sets of five and I was only in the 60s, I decided to modify it still further. Forget 150 full body pushups for time; I would now be doing 100 pushups from my knees for time.
But that’s the thing I have come to really like about Crossfit – no matter what your ability, you can modify the workouts and still see/quantify the progress that you are making. The first day I tried this, it took me 6:08 to finish all 100 (three sets of 10, eight sets of 5, and then just a few at a time till I finished). When I tried again five days later, I got down to 5:31 (four sets of 10, six sets of 5, and then 3-5 reps at a time until done). And yesterday, I did 4:24 (five sets of 10, eight sets of 5, and then 3-5 reps at a time until done). It’s cool to see my progress, and I love that it takes only five minutes to get ‘er done!
In a week or two, I’ll probably try to make the jump from knee pushups to full body plank-style. I am already a little nervous about making that switch, because I know I’m going to get discouraged about having to go back to smaller sets (i.e., I’ll probably start with sets of 5 instead of sets of 10) and taking much longer to finish (can I even finish 100 full body under 10 minutes? We’ll see). But, ultimately, I know that it’s major progress to be able to do full body pushups – and I’ll try to keep that in mind to cheer myself up. Because when I can once again do 100 full body pushups under three minutes? I will be DAMN proud.