Today I started my new push-up workout. Starting with a set right after I got out of bed this morning I did ten sets of twenty push-ups spread throughout the day. About ever hour or so (if I was working on something I waited until I finished) I would close the door to my office and knock out twenty quick push-ups.
I’m not sure what my coworkers thought of me closing my door every hour and re-opening it in just a moment slightly flushed and breathing a little heavily. Oh, well. The cost of progress.
The push-ups felt great all day. The sets never got too hard and I didn’t have any significant collective fatigue or anything like that. I was pleasantly surprised.
Tonight I suddenly realized that I had no plan for sit-ups! So in true “git ‘er dun” fashion I sat down, hooked my feet under something heavy and knocked out one hundred sit-ups as fast as I could. Which was not very fast. Although I didn’t time it. Which in retrospect seems like a mistake. Next time I will time it. For time.
Ahem. Moving on. What I have decided is that I’m going to do the same thing with sit-ups that I’m doing with push-ups for the next ten days but in reverse and focusing on speed instead of volume. So on days when I spread my push-ups out over the day (like today) I’ll do one hundred sit-ups as fast as I can in one set. On the days when I try to do all my push-ups at one time in as few sets as possible I’ll do four sets of sit-ups, twenty-five each going as fast as I can and with some as yet undetermined rest interval in between.
When I rest and then test my push-ups after the ten days I’ll do the same with my sit-ups and then come up with a new plan for both of them.