Push-Up Update: Day 33

31 Dec

I posted back around Day 15 that I was seeing great results in my push-ups. I will not deny that I have been improving, but the reports of my improvements are greatly over exaggerated. Husband pointed out that I had my hands spread really far apart and that proper push-ups would have me putting my hands just about shoulder-width apart. I definitely was not doing that, and when I did, I fell on the ground. I was back to all girl push-ups and no boy push-ups. When I did my set today, he noted that they were pretty good and definitely the best I’ve ever done, but that my hips were dipping down. Apparently now I need to activate my core more. I fell on my face once again today.

I’ve always had really bad arm strength. I can easily deadlift over my body weight, but my overhead push-press is barely over half of my body weight. Husband says the push-up challenge will help with the overhead, so I’m excited to see progress there. This is similar to my pull-up challenge from a few years ago. Since I stopped attempting them all the time, I can’t currently do a dead lift pull-up either. Grr…too many things I want to accomplish. Maybe I can talk them into putting a pull up bar in my office somewhere…

Anyway, I could only do three or four of the “good” push-ups before he told me today to activate my core more. I’ll try with that again tomorrow. The stupid girl push-ups are helping to build the muscle so I can do more real push-ups, but they still irk me. One day I will be done with them! Hopefully that day will come in the next seventy days or so.

Also, I’m pretty sure I miss-counted somewhere along the way. I think I’m supposed to be on Day 32, but am not sure. Am sticking with this number.

Hope your challenge is going well!

Also, stay tuned for a 30 day paleo challenge over here at Team Alzen. We’re likely holding out until March for currently undisclosed reasons, but I’ll fill you all in soon.


Posted by on December 31, 2011 in crossfit


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3 responses to “Push-Up Update: Day 33

  1. jessican

    December 31, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I’m terrible at push-ups. Absolutely terrible. I’ve been improving a lot with the P90X, but I still struggle to do more than 3 or 4 quality form ones in a row.

    I just installed the pull-up bar last night! I’m excited!

  2. Erin

    January 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    First, your undisclosed reasoning for “March timing” is mysterious and maddening. But, you’re allowed. Second, one way to try and make girly push-ups more difficult is to only use one knee (straighten the other leg back behind you, parallel-ish (or higher) to the ground. That’s somewhere between girl and real push-ups. Just a thought (from someone who also hates knee push-ups).

    • jalzen

      January 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Oooh! That’s good. I hadn’t even thought about that. Will start doing that tomorrow. Thanks! 🙂


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