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5 Minute Pushups

Updated: Apr 6

Day 404


4/4/20


One of my dad's memories of my grandfather was his 250 daily pushups. On July 16th, in honor of Grandpa's passing, I did 250 pushups, spread out over 10 sets. Since that day, for 264 days in a row, sick or well, rain or shine or sleet or snow, I have completed 250 pushups. Every Day. No Excuses.


Eventually, I would like to be capable of completing 100 consecutive pushups without resting.


I've tried a number of different schemes in an effort to improve the number I can do in a single shot. To date, 75 is my best score.


Recently, I've been a little frustrated. After illness in January forced a regression, I haven't been progressing like I'd like. I've been stuck.


Taking a day off now and again to rest and recover has been recommended, probably wisely, but I'm not giving myself that option.


James Clear's newsletter on Thursday gave me a new idea.


He asked: "What can you do with 5 good minutes?"


The first answer he proposed was this"


"5 good minutes of...pushups is a solid workout."

(click HERE to read Clear's newsletter...I highly recommend signing up)


A light bulb went off in my head, and yesterday, I started a new approach that I'll share so that you can try it out, too. If you feel so inclined.


Get a stopwatch (I use the one on my phone)

Start the clock and immediately do as many pushups as you can.

Repeat ever minute on the minute for 5 minutes.

This will allow for 6 sets of pushups and will leave you gassed if you give it your best effort.


Today, two 5 minute sets got me to 230 total reps. I took about a 20 minute break in between sets and completed my final 20 reps a short while later to get to 250 for the day.


Give it a go.


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