I’m now four weeks into my training program for the ATA Nationals Tournament. One of the goals I set for myself was to work up to 1,000 push-ups a week. It turns out that it didn’t take me 12 weeks to reach that mark. I did it in four! Last week I did 1,100 push-ups! I worked up steadily from 400 on week one to 1,100 last week. I’m pretty pleased with that, and I’m feeling stronger for it.
Why did I choose push-ups as part of my program? Here are some good reasons to like push-ups:
- They’re portable! No equipment required and they require minimal space. You can do them practically anywhere.
- They’re a whole body work out. They work your chest, arms, shoulders and core.
In order to work up to my goal level I did a few simple things.
- The first week I figured out how many push-ups I could do in a set before failure. I started out around 50.
- The first week, I did two sets / day, every other day.
- Over the course of the next few weeks, I cranked up my set size from 50 to 65, to 70, to 75 and even sometimes up to 80.
- Then I moved to more sets on more days. Last week I did between 1 and 3 sets on all seven days.