Pushing Our Luck: Week 2 Recap

If you’re just hearing about March’s Pushing Our Luck Challenge for the first time, it’s not too late to join in the fun.  Basically, we’re following the One Hundred Pushups Program and tweeting about our achievements: #pushingit.  Then, each Thursday, I’ll host a linky party for you to link up and share your recap post or add your Twitter handle.

Wow.  Week Four (my week two) was brutal, but I pushed through it. Day 1 started simple enough (under 25 reps), but Day 2 was much harder.  I also pushed myself with the last max set by finishing 40 reps rather than 36.

But I’m not going to lie.  I dreaded Day 3 and its set of 33 reps in the middle.  I rested for the appropriate 120 second between sets, except for the third and fifth set.  For those two sets, I rested for 3-4 minutes before performing the longer sets.

The max set of 40 just about did me in.  As I pushed out the last two pushups, the pushups became slower and my arms shook, but I finished 40 reps.  Surprisingly, my arms aren’t killing me yet.

And just for the record, I’m still loving my abs with 200 ab exercises (80 crunches, 60 bicycles and 60 cross-over crunches) on my rest days.  I’m still doing planks too.

So, now I rest for two days and perform an exhaustion test.  I’m excited/nervous/anxious to see how I’ll do.  Of course, I’ll record it again so you can see my foolishness how I did.  I’m hoping to be higher than the 30 reps in my initial test.   I should be higher, right?  But then, I would be happy to be in the middle column or column one for Week Five rather than column three again.

I’d be ok with that.

What about you?  How are you pushing it? Are you happy with your progress?

Link up and share your pushup progress.  Also, remember to tweet #pushingit to share your reps and progress

Denise Mestanza-Taylor+


  1. Susie My SoCal Life says:

    i’ve been wanting to do the 100 push up challenge. not to mention my arms could sure use it…growing up my arms were so strong, i played volley and now I have such weak upper body strength…keep it up!

  2. Laura says:

    Good for you! 30 would be about my max… it’s hard to believe this program can go all the way up to 100 in 6 weeks… I am very tempted… but I don’t think I can commit to the full program right now. I’m bookmarking it for future reference!! And it’s a great reminder to squeeze a few extra push ups in each week!

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