100 Push-ups (and 50 Pull-ups): Week 13

As the weeks pile on, it's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain my focus on the program.  After doing thousands of push-ups over the past 3 months, I'm starting to crave a bench press (heresy, I know!)  Coincidentally, an opportunity to just that arose when a friend asked if I wanted to go to Planet Fitness on the day that was supposed to be my second push-up workout of the week. 

This is someone who I have known since high-school; the days of FLEX, Muscle & Fitness, and Arnold's Bodybuilding Bible.  Therefore, it was only appropriate that we went old-school, working on pecs, lats, bis, tris, calves, and the like. 

While going through the movements, I was somewhat impressed at the carryover functional exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, walking on hands, etc. imparts on isolation exercises.  I haven't touched a bench press in almost two years, but was able to easily complete 3 sets of 5 reps at 185lbs (I weight 185lbs so I was interested in my "bodyweight" strength).

The next few days, however, I was extremely sore and the thought of doing a couple hundred push-ups wasn't very appealing.  I wrote off the rest of the week and assured myself that I would get back into it next Monday.

I did manage to get at least 2 of the 3 pull-up workouts in, so I wasn't too far behind on the FiftyPullups.com program.  Next week is supposed to be the last week, and the day that I hit "50", but I can't really see that happening at this point.  Adding some extra weeks to the program is a bygone conclusion.

Week 12 Workouts:

Push-up Workout 1 (in reps): 60, 70, 55, 45, max (min 70))

Push-up Workout 2: miss

Push-up Workout 3: miss


Pull-up Workout 1: 30, stretch, 22, stretch, max. 90s rest between sets.

Pull-up Workout 2: 34, stretch, 20, stretch, max. 90s rest between sets.

Pull-up Workout 3: miss


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About Tony Fed

Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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