Friday, April 25, 2008

31,000 Pushups

Here's a great idea from a friend of mine.

On Tuesday I had to drive down in Rochester for a meeting. Since it was an unusually warm and sunny day after our meeting my friend decided that it was in everyone's best interest to find a restaurant with a patio in downtown Rochester (which by the way, is beautiful!).

During lunch the issue of Birthdays came up. My friend was turning 31 this year. I asked him what he was doing for his birthday and his answer absolutely shocked me.

"31, 000 pushups"

Yep, that was his answer. He had decided to celebrate his birthday by committing to working out.

His plan is to complete 31,000 push ups in one year, starting on his Birthday. This averages out to be about 87 push ups per day.

Now, he isn't going to do 87 push ups every single day, but rather he is going try to average about 600 push ups per week, making sure to take days off, and to rotate between high volume days and low volume days.

There are a number of reasons why I like this plan so much. firstly, it has a goal, secondly his progress is measurable every step of the way, and it can be progressive.

On days were he feels like really challenging himself he can do spider-man push ups or decline push ups. On days when he wants a lighter workout he can do regular push-ups or close grip push ups.

A great and creative idea that is goal driven and measurable, which means my friend has a high chance of succeeding.


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Monavie said...

wow, thats great.

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