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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Getting to 100 push-ups

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

If you have a hard time remembering to exercise or tracking your routines, this week's tip, shared by danigiri, may help; Dani discusses using Remember The Milk to work up to 100 push-ups.

Recently I stumbled onto this book '7 weeks to 100 push-ups' that details a routine to get to that fit upper body all geeks dream of.

To keep track of my progress, get motivated and do more push-ups I use Remember The Milk, of course. The routine is broken down into what needs to be done each day and I correlate it to a single task. I use three letter tags for easier writing and simplicity, therefore the routine tasks are tagged #fit

Basically, I copy the routine days in blocks of four and prioritize them, !1 is what needs to be done today, !2 tomorrow, !3 the day after and no priority is in three days. I don't use the calendar because if I happen to miss one routine it just sits as the next thing to do (though 'rest' days are always completed of course!). Modify to use dates if easier for you.

As I complete routine days I tick tasks as done. Watching the status:completed and tag:#fit list grow is very motivating and keeping track of the exact number of pushups and 1 minute rests I need to do is really easy. If I'm at home I can tick with computer or if at the gym I can tick on my iPhone.

Tasks look like this:

#fit warm up, 8, 10, 8, 8, 9+, stretch (intermediate 2) !1
#fit rest (intermediate 2) !2
#fit warm up, 9, 12, 9, 9, 11+, stretch (intermediate 2) !3
#fit rest (intermediate 2)

A routine day starts with warmup, 8 pushups, 1 minute rest, 10 more, rest, 8, rest, 8, rest and more than 9 pushups, ending with the all-important stretching! '(Intermediate 2)' means the level I'm at so I can find the next set of routines on the book.

Hope this is useful for you. If I make it to 100 push-ups I'll post it here, I'm at 44 now. Yes we can!

Thanks for sharing this tip, danigiri! And good luck with your workouts! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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