I had a max effort pushup test on the docket for today. Went down to the gym, warmed up thoroughly. Carefully arranged my iPhone using some dumbbells as props. Got myself lined up just right to capture my test on video. I figure this was good to a) check my form and b) double check my count since I tend to lose my basic arithmetic functions when doing pushups since all the blood gets squeezed out of my brain and my face turns purple. Ready?
Here we go:
So you may have noticed that there were no pushups in that video. That was actually a video of me picking up my phone and realizing that I failed to turn on the recording when I went to do the pushups. Yeah.
As a result I don’t have an accurate count of how I tested out. But I can figure out a reasonable approximation. I know I did 45-50 in the first chunk; then I rested and did a set of 10; I may have done another set of 10 but I doubt it; I know I did a set of 7, at least two sets of 5 and at least 3 sets of 3. At the very end I did a couple couples (heh, heh) and a couple singles. Conservative estimate: 85. Top end estimate? Broke 90. I’m pretty happy with that. I’ll go through week 6 of the program and then do a final test and see where I am.
[Amusingly, YouTube offered several options to “optimize” and “improve” the video quality when I uploaded it. Talk about polishing a turd . . .]