30 Days, 3,000 Push-ups...

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

That’s the proverb on my mind as I wrap up my October 30-day challenge. 100 push-ups a day for 30 days. I’m not saying I’m an extremely fit woman, but I enjoy lifting weights and have always had a decent amount of upper body strength so I was excited to try this challenge to see how it pushed and changed me. I wanted to have defined muscle in my arms when they were relaxed, not just when flexed.

To be perfectly honest, I can’t say that I noticed much. Here is what I did notice:

  • My lats were extremely sore for the first few days. However, I never felt sore after those first few days.
  • Sets of 10 were easy, but it was hard to increase. I thought I would get up to 20 without a problem by the end of the 30 days…nope.
  • There was no excuse for not getting them in. You can do push-ups anywhere, including while shopping at Target.

When I compared my before and after pictures, I was tempted to deem the challenge a failure. I had wanted to look at my pictures and say, “WOW! What a difference!” Alas, that didn’t happen. But then I was listening to a podcast and someone mentioned, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” That was my lesson. I tried it. I did 100 push-ups a day for 30 days. That is a success. I realized since I didn’t see the change I had hoped for, I needed to approach it in a different way. I avoided tricep push-ups since they were not my strong suit. Those were the push-ups I should have focused on.

Now that I have my baseline, I know I need to change my approach if I want to see results. So… Calley and I are going to continue the push-ups for another month. However, I’m dropping down to 50 tricep push-ups a day because those are killer for me.

Calley described our intense workout that included push-ups here. Check it out and wish us luck!