Today was a rest day for running. Foot still feeling wonky. I may have to skip my Tuesday hard run. I hope not. But maybe.
But, getting back to grueling things that DID happen on schedule, today was the first day of my new PU/SU improvement program. In the new program, Monday is my PU/SU “long day”.
Two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of rest, one minute of push-ups, one minute of rest (twice), thirty seconds of push-ups, thirty seconds of rest (twice). Same for sit-ups. Some of you are grimacing in remembered disgust of this one. This may have been the most common PU/SU workout I did during the time when I was trying to max the CPFT originally (and later the APFT). I HATE this workout.
And you know what they say about workouts/exercises you hate to do: you probably suck at them and should be doing them. Yup. The truth hurts.
For all sets the key is to maximized continuous effort and number of push-ups even if it means going to your knees and doing modified push-ups. The idea is to do as many push-ups as possible but also to keep your arms and body moving and minimize rest. For me it looked like this:
The push-up numbers are somewhat suspect (+/-10%). The level of effort was such that attempts to remember what number I was on or finished on were a little sketchy. It felt great. I really like this workout. And I really think it’s going to improve my performance. Why? Train as you fight. And it sucked (see above).