Leveraging laziness and cheapness

As I mentioned in my last non-workout post, I’ve relaunched 375CPFT in conjunction with using Beeminder.

I haven’t quite figured out my overarching strategy to get to my objective, but as they say, when in doubt attack.  So to get started I’m working on my pushups.  I am committing to using the Hundred Pushups app all the way through the program with the goal of being able to do 100 consecutive pushups.  Once I can do 100 consecutive pushups I’ll make sure I can do them within 2-minutes and then I’m off to the races.

Now, the Hundred Pushups program is supposed to be six weeks long, but during my diagnostic test (63 pushups, untimed) I placed into the third week of the program.  I’m still learning the ins and outs of the app but it also appears that you can repeat a particular day’s workout (or even a whole week) if it was too hard or if you weren’t able to complete it to standards.  I don’t know how this will go.  Frankly, if I’m up to 100 pushups in just four weeks I’ll be the most amazed person out there.  So I’m going to give myself six weeks, which leaves the room to repeat some of the weeks.

So here’s the deal: I have set up a Beeminder goal (linked in the sidebar if I did it right) where the standard is to execute three pushup workouts per week for the next six weeks.  The way Beeminder works is that if at any point during the course of that period I miss enough workouts to fall off the completion pace, they’ll charge me ten bucks to reset it and keep going.  To make things more interesting (i.e. painful i.e. motivating), I’ll give an equal amount to the current Beeminder pledge to anyone who catches me out of tolerance Beeminder and is the first person to post it the comments.

But wait, there’s more!  Because the only people who read this blog are my friends and family (okay, just my girlfriend and my mom) and because my friends and family are wonderful generous people, whoever catches me out of tolerance and wins the pledge, will also get to designate the charity of their choice and I’ll pledge an equal amount to them.

So, follow along as I do pushups, feel free to give me some tips or suggestions and keep your eyes peeled, because if I sham out you and a good cause could get paid.

Now, I haven’t thought this thing all the way through, so if you find any flaws in my system let me know and I’ll revise/update the terms and conditions to make it more effective.

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