July 10th, 2003

beachy

Pushups Are Too Damn Hard

Okay, what's the deal here? I can bench press 120 lbs. without breaking a sweat, but doing five pushups just wipes me out.

As part of my workouts, I've been trying to build up my ability to do pushups, since that and jogging are the two exercises in the Kung Fu classes that I just can't keep up with[1]. On a mostly-daily basis, I do as many full pushups as I can muster, then do knee-length pushups to fill out the number to twenty. Once upon a time I could do 15-20 pushups, but after my back injury last year, I have had to rebuild a lot of the strength in my lower back.

Currently, I can do 4 - 7 regular pushups before my muscles give out; the rest of the knee-length pushups don't generally give me much trouble, although I generally have to stop and rest for a moment around 15.

On the other hand, I can do ab crunches until the cows come home. [2] Go fig.

-The Gneech

[1] And I'm not jogging in northern Virginia summer! Even I'm not that much of a glutton for punishment!

[2] COW: "Excuse me, why are you doing ab crunches in my pasture?"
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