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The Girly Kind

2009 August 27
by Jess

My arms are shaking as I type this post.  I finally got around to doing this today.  Not just my regular push-ups, but a push-up experiment.  It turns out I can do 113 girl modified push-ups with good form.  That’s after doing these exercises (10 reps and 2 sets each) and a yoga class earlier in the day.

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How many modified push-ups are you able to do with good form at one time?

Next week we’ll do a military style push-up test to compare.  I already know that I can only do about 35.  I would much rather do 35 regular push-ups instead of 100′s of modified push-ups.  Surprisingly, my shoulders were burning like crazy towards the end.   I’m going to be sore tomorrow and I hope you are too! ;)

When you think about what exercises to include in your workout do you choose easier exercises that require more repetition?  Or do you choose a more challenging exercise and perform fewer reps?

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  1. August 27, 2009

    Wow! Good job! I can’t do push ups for my life! I can stay in plank for a long time though!

  2. August 28, 2009

    I am bad, bad, bad at push-ups. I wish you lived near me so you could be my personal trainer and teach my proper form, etc!

  3. August 28, 2009

    I’m too tired & exhausted to do this right now, but I will do it tomorrow! I tend to avoid push ups… Not good, I know.

    I try to alternate between easier exercises/more reps and harder exercises/fewer reps. If I don’t mix it up, I get bored. But I should do more push ups… ;)

  4. August 28, 2009

    I am actually really good at doing push ups! I could probably do 20 full, at time, which isn’t GREAT, but I think it’s good for a girl..maybe??

    As for fast vs. slow reps, and intensity, I switch off each day. One day I do several reps, lighter weights, and on the elliptical I will do low intensity but really fast, then the next day I do the opposite, heavy weights, few reps, and high intensity on the elliptical, but slightly slower.

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      August 28, 2009

      That is good! Next time you’re gonna do push-ups try the modified ones, just to see how many you can do. I really am curious as to what the difference is for everyone.

      Fitness tests don’t measure military push-ups for women and its not fair!

  5. August 28, 2009

    That’s a lot of modified push-ups! I’m like you and can do about 30-35 push-ups at one time. I think they’re one of the best exercises and tell all my clients to start doing them!

  6. August 28, 2009

    Ok, a little unrelated, but I just checked out your BQ plan, and since comments are closed there, I figured I’d leave one here. I’m sure you’re getting just as excited (and nervous) as I am as we get closer. I only have 5 weeks left.

    Are you doing the Yasso 800′s as a marathon prediction workout (where, for example, if you can do them in 3:30 each, then a 3:30 marathon is reasonable)? Or just for the exercise? I’ve heard they’re pretty decent at predicting your time and I’m going to try to work that into my plan as the big day nears.

    • FCITC permalink*
      August 28, 2009

      Matt – I just realized that the plan I posted is slightly off. I re-posted an updated version. Thanks for stopping by! And yes, I am excited!

  7. August 28, 2009

    WOW! That is no joke!!! Push-ups are amazinggg!

  8. August 29, 2009

    Wow – 113 in a row? That’s intense. I am going to have to try that tomorrow and see what I can do. Right now I am laying on the couch. :D

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