It’s that time again. A new month means a new challenge. This month, we’re going to switch gears and work on upper body strength. By strengthening our upper bodies, we make ourselves more stable, and according to some, this will help us become less fatigued while running and be able to endure more.
It seems backwards to me to enlarge those muscles up on top, but “Runner Dude” notes on his blog that push-ups can be especially helpful to older runners. Running keeps our legs in pretty great shape, but without whole body conditioning, the legs can wear out faster leading to slower run times and more overall fatigue. Check out what else he has to say here.
Running competitor agrees that good push-ups can be good for running. By using proper technique (mostly involving tightening/using those ab and glute muscles), it will transfer over into our running styles, making us better runners. You can check out their website for more info here.
And here’s a youtube video of how to have proper push-up technique: Expert boxing guy. This video is quite long, but it’s really good and I highly recommend it. He even gives some tips at the end that will come in quite handy during this challenge. Let’s give it a shot!
For February’s challenge, we’re going to do a new take on an old theme: 100 push-ups a day. This trend became popular a couple of years ago, and you can find all the info you need on their website: hundred pushups. Now most people will take this slowly, and to avoid injury you should probably follow their plan. But I’m going to live on the edge and just go for it – right off the bat I’m going to attempt to do 100 push-ups a day. At this point in my fitness, I can do 3 sets of 10 pretty easily. So I plan to start with those, and increase as many as I can the first day before having to drop to my knees or some other alternative form. Now I’m not sure I can do the full 100 the first day, but I’m going to try. And of course I will listen to my body and quit if it tells me I’ve pushed too hard. And then I’m going to try it again the second day. And then the third day, and so on and so forth.
Here are some alternative methods to help me reach my goal (which in its final state is to be able to do 100 full push-ups all in one sitting):
-Drop to your knees
-Do four sets in the morning, three sets in the early afternoon, and then three sets in the evening, spreading them apart throughout the entire day.
-Use a counter top for a modified push-up.
-Do push-ups against the wall.
-Use intervals to achieve the 100 number (do as many push-ups as you can in 60 seconds, rest for 60 seconds, then as many push-ups in 45 seconds, rest for 60 seconds, then 30 seconds, rest, 15 seconds, rest, and then 10 seconds. Keep track of how many you do, and then repeat later in the day to try to get up to that 100 number).
Ok, who’s with me?! Let’s get ripped!