[This needs updating with the past month's efforts, but I just wanted to get my latest achievement out there.]
I've been concentrating, over the past week, on increasing the number of press ups I can do without stopping, aiming towards my secondary goal of doing 100 inside one minute. On Monday of this week, over the evening, I did sets of 70, 75, 80, 85 and 95 - reverting to sets of 35/30 up to 1000. On Wednesday, I did 80 initially, then, surprisingly, my second set resulted in...
I wasn't timing it, but, since I generally do my press ups at the rate of 2 every second, it was most likely inside the minute. Obviously, there's room for improvement, so I'm resetting my goal to be able to do 110 inside one minute. Must insert a caveat, here: this was achieved with the towel, which I use to assess how low my press ups are, was fully rolled up, so my press ups are easier. From now on, I need to unroll the towel gradually, so that, in the end, my forehead will be just hovering above the floor.
Sunday 4th August 2019
Today I was filmed doing my 1000 press ups in the centre of Bristol, by 'Friendsnotfood', an animal rights activist film-maker. It took me just under 40 minutes, as usual, but I found it a bit more difficult, doing it in the sunshine. I moved to some shade about halfway through.
And a couple of weeks ago I was filmed mucking about on the London Tube doing some chin ups.
|I filmed 40 press ups - about 4 times, to try and get it right - uploaded it here - and now it refuses to play! Back to the drawing board :(|
Number 2 in the series - My Fitness regime. My 9kg kettlebell routine. (Once again, the above video won't work on here, so I've linked it to my Facebook page.)
Every 3 days I do my kettlebell exercise:
20 reps of the nine different exercises you see me doing here. Then repeated once more. The whole exercise takes less than 15 minutes, with a 5 minute gap between the two routines.
[Still not working - I'll post it on Facebook, then link to it from here. My kettlebell film on Facebook]
The story behind this challenge:
I turned 80 in September 2017, and, to provide some motivation to keep pushing myself, I decided I would challenge myself to see if I could complete 1 million push ups between my 80th and 90th birthday.
I worked out that if I did 2000 a week, 700 every other day (2000 x 50 x 10 years), I would reach my goal.
However, after I'd begun, I thought I needed to get some 'in the bank' as it were, just in case I had an accident or something, and couldn't do the push ups for a while. So I upped my total to 1000 every other day. I've now been going just over 6 months - when my total was around 70,000. So my target is so far well within reach. At my present rate of progress, barring accidents, it's possible I could achieve 1 million p/ups in well under 10 years - I did 14000 in March 2018, for instance.
27th September 2019 - currently aiming for 10,000 a month
Oh, and I'd also like to be able to do 100 perfect press ups in 1 minute - that's my immediate goal.
20/1/19: I've now settled on a weekly routine, prioritising my press ups. So, Sunday - press ups; Monday - chin ups; Tuesday - kettlebell exercise; Wednesday and Friday press ups, with Thursday and Saturday being rest days.
As an aside, another reason I'm doing this is to show that vegans can be strong and fit into old age - should I ever get there! ;)
13th March 2019
I've now managed 107 press ups inside one minute - 100 flat out, rest, then another 7 before the minute was up.
And, starting off with sets of 35, then going down to sets of 30, I've done my 1000 press ups in 32 minutes 11 seconds.
[Caveat: I have a rolled up towel on the floor, which I touch with my forehead on each dip. It's probably about 7-8cm thick. Gradually, I've been unfolding the towel - so my press ups are closer to the ground. Which is why, last time I tried it, I only managed 87 press ups in one minute.)
My cumulative total now (4/8/19) stands at 221,000.
My efforts have come to the attention of a wider audience - here's an article about my 1 million challenge. It's been picked up by Plant Based News, and Somerset Live, an online newspaper - and I've even got a mention on the Great Vegan Athletes Facebook page, which is crazy!