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 last September, and, to provide some motivation to keep pushing myself, I decided it would be a bit of a challenge 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 about 6 years - I did 14000 in March, for instance.

Oh, and I'd also like to be able to do 100 perfect press ups in 1 minute. I can do 100 in 60 seconds, ATM, but I couldn't swear they were perfect press ups - so that's my next goal.

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! ;)

**Breaking news!**On Saturday 8th September, I finally managed 1000 'proper' press ups - I think. At any rate, with every press up I made sure my forehead touched a rolled up towel on the mat. Tired towards the end, so I took bigger gaps between sets. Took me an hour and a quarter altogether.

**13th October 2018**

00 - 40

03 - 80

06 - 120

09 - 160

12 - 200

15 - 240

18 - 280

21 - 320

24 - 360

27 - 400

30 - 440

33 - 480

36 - 520

39 - 560

42 - 600

45 - 640

48 - 680

51 - 720

54 - 760

57 - 800

60 - 840

63 - 880

66 - 920

69 - 960

72 - 1000

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 132400

**12th October 2018**

9kg kettlebell

2 sets of 9 exercises

**11th October 2018**

Chin ups:

15, 15, 12, 11

Wow! My best by far! Now I have no excuse, I need to start working on my form. ATM, I wouldn't say I've been doing full chin ups - so I need to go lower.

**10th October 2018**

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 129400

Chin ups:

11, 11, 9, 8

**9th October 2018**
9kg kettlebell

2 sets of 9 exercises

**8th October 2018**Chin ups:

11, 11, 9, 8

**7th October 2018**

**I was filming some of today's sets - sets of 40 'proper, head touching towel' push ups, up until I got to 200. Then I did sets of 50, with 40 of them being full on, and 10 not proper pushups. After about 700 I went to 30 real push ups, out of 50, then finished off with half and half, up to 1000. Took me just over 2 hours from start to finish. There was no doubt it helped me, especially in the beginning, to have long pauses between sets, whilst I was setting the camera up, changing TV stations on my MacBook, and generally being unhurried.**

**Today's total, 1000**

Cumulative total, 128400

**6th October 2018**

9kg kettlebell

2 sets of 9 exercises

**5th October 2018**

Chin ups:

10, 10, 7, 7

**4th October 2018**

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 127400

**3rd October 2018**

9kg kettlebell

2 sets of 9 exercises

2 sets of 9 exercises

**2nd October 2018**

Chin ups:

10, 12, 11, 9

**1st October 2018**

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 126400

**30th September 2018**

Chin ups:

9, 10, 11, 9

**28th September 2018**

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 125400

**24th September 2018**

Chin ups:

12, 12, 8, 10

**23rd September 2018**

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 124400

**21st September 2018**

Chin ups:

12, 9, 8, 9

**20th September 2018**

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 123400

**18th September 2018**

Chin ups:

10, 10, 8, 6

**17th September 2018**

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 122400

**14th September 2018**

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 121400

**12th September 2018**

Chin ups:

8, 9, 8, 9

**11th September 2018**

Okay, this is getting a bit ridiculous. From now on I'll just post the totals for every day I do my press ups.

So, today I did my usual 1000 - roughly 40 every 3 minutes - took me an hour and 21 minutes.

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 120400

**8th September 2018**

00 - 20

01 - 40

02 - 60

03 - 80

04 - 100

05 - 120

06 - 140

07 - 160

08 - 180

09 - 200

10 - 220

11 - 240

13 - 280

14 - 300

15 - 320

16 - 340

17 - 360

18 - 380

19 - 400

20 - 420

21 - 460

22 - 500

(Short break)

32 - 520

33 - 540

34 - 580

35 - 600

36 - 620

37 - 640

38 - 660

39 - 680

40 - 700

41 - 720

42 - 740

(Another break)

(Now taking a 2 min gap)

52 - 760

54 - 780

56 - 800

58 - 820

60 - 840

62 - 860

64 - 880

66 - 900

68 - 920

70 - 940

72 - 960

74 - 980

76 - 1000

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 119400

**7th September 2018**

2 x 9 sets of kettlebell exercises

**6th September 2018**

Chin ups:

10, 10, 7, 10 = 37

Notes: There was around 15 minutes between the first 2 sets, then only 4 minutes between sets two and three - then another 30 minutes before the last set. Once I can manage 4 sets of 10, I shall start reducing the gaps between them. Once I get the gaps down to 1 minute, still doing sets of 10, I shall start working on my form. At the moment, I don't go all the way down before coming back up again.

**5th September 2018**

(Posted in real time)

00 - 20

01 - 40

02 - 60

03 - 80

04 - 100

05 - 120

06 - 140

07 - 160

08 - 180

09 - 200

10 - 220

11 - 240

13 - 280

14 - 300

15 - 320

16 - 340

17 - 360

18 - 380

19 - 400

20 - 420

22 - 460

24 - 500

26 - 540

28 - 580

30 - 620

32 - 660

34 - 700

36 - 740

38 - 780

40 - 820

42 - 860

44 - 900

46 - 940

48 - 980

50 - 1000

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 118400

**1st September 2018**

Chin ups:

9, 9, 7, 8 = 33

(Back to normal)

**31st August 2018**

(Posted in real time)

Today I made a real effort to get my form right. I am well aware that my press ups are not perfect. So today, for the first 600 I made sure that my forehead touched my rolled up pacamac each time. After 600 I found this a bit too much, so reverted to my 'imperfect' press ups.

00 - 20

01 - 40

02 - 60

03 - 80

04 - 100

05 - 120

06 - 140

07 - 160

08 - 180

09 - 200

10 - 220

11 - 240

12 - 260

13 - 280

14 - 300

15 - 320

16 - 340

17 - 360

18 - 380

19 - 400

20 - 420

21 - 440

22 - 460

23 - 480

24 - 500

25 - 520

26 - 540

27 - 560

28 - 580

29 - 600

32 - 650

34 - 700

36 - 750

38 - 800

40 - 850

42 - 900

44 - 950

46 - 1000

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 117400

**29th August 2018**

Chin ups:

7, 7, 5, 6 = 25

(Slipped back a little, since I haven't been doing them regularly)

**28th August 2018**

(Posted in real time)

00 - 50

02 - 100

04 - 150

06 - 200

08 - 250

10 - 300

12 - 350

14 - 400

16 - 450

18 - 500

20 - 550

22 - 600

24 - 650

26 - 700

28 - 750

30 - 800

32 - 850

34 - 900

36 - 950

38 - 1000

40 - 1035

Today's total 1070

Cumulative total 116400

(Aiming to round up the cumulative total - but gradually.)

**24th August 2018**

(Posted in real time)

00 - 50

02 - 100

04 - 150

06 - 200

08 - 250

10 - 300

12 - 350

14 - 400

16 - 450

18 - 500

20 - 550

22 - 600

26 - 700

28 - 750

30 - 800

32 - 850

34 - 900

36 - 950

38 - 1000

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 115330

**22nd August 2018**

(Posted in real time)

00 - 50

02 - 100

04 - 150

06 - 200

08 - 250

10 - 300

12 - 350

14 - 400

16 - 450

18 - 500

20 - 550

22 - 600

24 - 650

26 - 700

28 - 750

30 - 800

32 - 850

34 - 900

36 - 950

38 - 1000

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 114330

**19th August 2018**

(Posted in real time)

00 - 50

02 - 100

04 - 150

06 - 200

08 - 250

10 - 300

12 - 350

14 - 400

16 - 450

18 - 500

20 - 550

22 - 600

24 - 650

26 - 700

28 - 750

30 - 800

32 - 850

34 - 900

36 - 950

38 - 1000

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 113330

**18th August 2018**

2 sets of kettlebell exercises

**17th August 2018**

**Initial set of one hundred - in 59 seconds.**

Then sets of 50 every 2 minutes for 34 or so minutes

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 112330

**14th August 2018**

(Posted in real time)

00 - 90

02 - 70 160

04 - 60 220

06 - 50 270

08 - 60 330

10 - 50 380

12 - 50 430

14 - 50 480

16 - 50 530

18 - 50 580

20 - 50 630

22 - 50 680

24 - 50 730

26 - 50 780

28 - 40 820

30 - 40 860

32 - 40 900

34 - 40 940

36 - 40 980

38 - 20 1000

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 111330

**13th August 2018**

2 sets of kettlebell exercises

**12th August 2018**

Chin ups, 4 sets:

9, 8, 9, 8 - total 34

**11th August 2018**

Sets of 40 every minute up to 600, then:

Sets of 30 every minute.

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 110330

**9th August 2018**

Chin ups, 4 sets:

9, 8, 9, 9 - total 35

**8th August 2018**

Push ups: Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 109330

**5th August 2018**

Push ups: Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 108330

**2nd August 2018**

Chin ups, 4 sets:

7, 7, 8, 7 - total 29

**1st August 2018**

Push ups: Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 107330

**30th July 2018**

Chin ups, 4 sets:

6, 6, 5, 5 - total 22

**29th July 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 106330

**25th July 2018**

Chin ups, 4 sets:

8, 7, 7, 6 - total 28

**24th July 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 105330

**18th July 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 104330

**17th July 2018**

**2 sets of kettlebell exercises**

**16th July 2018**

Chin ups, 4 sets:

7, 7, 7, 4 - total 25

**15th July 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 103330

**13th July 2018**

Kettlebell HIIT:

8 sets of 2 handed swing for 20 seconds - with 10 seconds rest

**12th July 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 102330

**11th July 2018**

2 sets of kettlebell exercises

**10th July 1018**

Chin ups: 7, 7, 6, 6 - Total 26

**9th July 2018**

HIIT first, then sets of 20 every minute (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 101330

**7th July 2018**

Sets of 25 every minute (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 100330

**Notes**:

Since my goal is to complete 1 million press ups in ten years - between my 80th and my 90th birthday - equating to 100,000 every year - I'm presently approximately 12 weeks ahead of schedule.

I'm aware that my form was not very good in the beginning, and it still isn't perfect. But it's a lot better than it was at the beginning. I'm meeting with a trainer shortly to help get my press up posture as it should be.

I've been asked several times if I ache after doing these exercises - and I have to say, generally, I don't. I'm always glad to have finished, and the last 2 or 3 hundred can be really hard work. But there is no muscle pain - either directly after, or the next day.

However, since I recommenced my chin ups, I've found doing the push ups the day after can be very hard work. I've been advised to leave three days between push ups, to allow my body to rest. As I get more used to both these exercises, it might be that I can resume every other day push ups and chin ups - if I do this, I'll do the kettlebell exercises on the same day as my chin ups.

**3rd July 2018**Sets of 25 every minute (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 99330

**2nd July 2018**

Chin ups: 6, 6, 6, 5 - total 23

**1st July 2018**

Sets of 25 every minute (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 98330

**29th June 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 97330

**24th June 2018**

Sets of 34/33 every minute (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 96330

**22nd June 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 95330

**19th June 2018**

Chin ups: 7, 5, 5, 5 - total 22

**18th June 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 94330

**11th June 2018**

Chin ups: 7, 6, 6, 6 - total 25

**10th June 2018**

Sets of 50 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 93330

**8th June 2018**

Chin ups: 5, 6, 5, 5 - total 21

**6th June 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 92330

**4th June 2018**

Chin ups: 5, 5, 4, 4 - total 18

**3rd June 2018**

Sets of 40 every 20 seconds (HIIT) - 320

Then sets of 50 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 91330

**2nd June 2018**

Chin ups: 4, 3, 3, 3 - total 13

**1st June 2018**

Sets of 40 every 20 seconds (HIIT) - 320

Then sets of 50 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 90330

**31st May 2018**

Just installed my new chin up bar, so:

Chin ups: 3, 3, 3, 3 - total 12

Not bad for a first effort.

**27th May 2018**

Sets of 40 every 20 seconds (HIIT) - 320

Then sets of 50 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 89330

**25th May 2018**

Sets of 50 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 88330

**21st May 2018**

Sets of 50 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 87330

**18th May 2018**

Sets of 40 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 86330

**16th May 2018**

Sets of 50 every 2 minutes (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 85330

**14th May 2018**

Sets of 33/34 every minute (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 84330

**10th May 2018**

Began with HIIT - 8 sets of 40, then:

Sets of 33/34 every minute (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 83330

**8th May 2018**

Began with HIIT - 8 sets of 40, then:

Sets of 33/34 every minute (roughly)

Today's total 1000

Cumulative total 82330

**6th May 2018**

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 =

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 81330

**4th May 2018**

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 =

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 81330

**1st May 2018**

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 =

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 81330

**29th April 2018**

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 =

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 80330

**25/4/18**

30 every 2 minutes for 72 minutes. roughly

Total 1000

Cumulative total 79330

**23/4/18**

50 every 2 minutes for 40 minutes

Total 1000

Cumulative total 79330

**21/4/18**

50 every 2 minutes for 40 minutes

Total 1000

Cumulative total 79330

**17th April 2018**

At home all day today, so, in between spending time in the kitchen, I did a few sets several minutes apart, making sure that each one was as perfect as I could make it:

11:25 - 11:48 4 sets of 25 = 100

11:54 - 12:08 3 sets of 34, 33, 33 = 100

12:13 - 13:05 5 sets of 40 = 200

Sub-total = 400

That meant I only needed to do 600 in the evening -

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

6 blocks of 100 = 600

Total 1000

Cumulative total 78330

**15th April 2018**

20 every minute for 50 minutes

Total 1000

Cumulative total 77330

**13th April 2018**

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 =

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 76330

**8th April 2018**

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 =

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 75330

**6th April 2018**

25 sets of 20 every minute = 500

Then 100 every 3 minutes for 15 minutes = 500

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 74330

**3rd April 2018**

10 sets of 40 over 10 minutes = 400

Then 12 set of 50 every 90 seconds = 600

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 73330

**1st April 2018**

10 sets of 40 over 10 minutes = 400

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 72330

**29th March 2018**

10 sets of 40 over 10 minutes = 400

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 71330

**27th March 2018**

10 sets of 40 over 10 minutes = 400

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 70330

**25th March 2018**

HIIT over 3 minutes, 40 every 30 seconds = 320

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

2 x 40 = 80

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 69330

**23rd March 2018**

Relaxed session - over 40 minutes, sets of 50 every 2 minutes

40 x 50 = 1000

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 68330

**21st March 2018**

HIIT over 3 minutes, 40 every 30 seconds = 320

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

2 x 40 = 80

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 67330

**19th March 2018**

HIIT over 3 minutes, 40 every 30 seconds = 320

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

2 x 40 = 80

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 66330

**17th March 2018**

HIIT over 3 minutes, 40 every 30 seconds = 320

So, 6 blocks of 100 (100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34) = 600

2 x 40 = 80

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 65330

**15th March 2018**

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 =

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 64330

**13th March 2018**

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 =

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 63330

**10th March 2018**

100 every 3 minutes in sets of 33, 33, 34 = 100

So, 10 blocks of 100 =

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 62330

**7th March 2018**

30 press ups every minute for 33 minutes = 990

Total = 990

Cumulative total 61330

**5th March 2018**

Working hard on form

Over 34 minutes:

7 x 20 = 140

20 x 33 = 660

5 x 40 = 200

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 60340

**2nd March 2018**

HIIT 320

2 sets of 80 = 160

9 x 60 = 540

Total = 1020

Cumulative total 59340

**27th February 2018**

HIIT 320

Introduced a bit of variety - started a little earlier and working on form

5 x 30 = 150

6 x 40 = 240

1 x 50 = 50

4 x 60 = 240

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 58320

**25th February 2018**

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 67 & 1 set of 66 = 200

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 57320

**23rd February 2018**

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 67 & 1 set of 66 = 200

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 56320

**20th February 2018**

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 67 & 1 set of 66 = 200

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 55320

**Sunday18th February 2018**

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 67 & 1 set of 66 = 200

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 54320

**Wednesday 14th February 2018**

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 70 = 140

1 set of 60

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 54320

**Saturday 10th February 2018**

HIIT 320

8 sets of 80 = 640

1 set of 40

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 52320

**Wednesday 7th February 2018**

HIIT 320

6 sets of 80 = 480

2 sets of 70 = 140

1 set of 60

Total = 1000

Cumulative total 51320

**Monday 5th February 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 50320

**Sunday 28th January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 50280

**Tuesday 23rd January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 49240

**Saturday 20th January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 48200

**Thursday 18th January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 47160

**Tuesday 16th January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 46120

**Saturday 13th January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 45080

**Thursday 11th January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 44040

**Tuesday 9th January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 43000

**Sunday 7th January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 41960

**Friday 5th January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 40920

**Wednesday 3rd January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 39880

**Monday 1st January 2018**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 38840

**Thursday 28th December 2017**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 37800

**Friday 22th December 2017**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 36760

**Tuesday 19th December 2017**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 35720

**Sunday 17th December 2017**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 34680

**Friday 15th December 2017**

HIIT 320

12 sets of 60 = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total 33640

**Monday 11th December 2017**

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

Then 12 sets of 60 every 2 minutes = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 32600

**Saturday 9th December 2017**

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

Then 12 sets of 60 every 2 minutes = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 31560

**Saturday 9th December 2017**

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

(I'm trying to improve my form by going deeper into each press up, so I'm now doing sets of 60 every 2 minutes. I can still do this routine whilst watching the Sky newspaper review followed by the BBC paper review on iPlayer.)

Then 12 sets of 60 every 2 minutes = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 30520

**Thursday 7th December 2017**

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 29480

**Tuesday 5th December 2017**

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 28440

**Sunday 3rd December 2017**

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 27400

**Friday 1st December 2017**

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 26360

**Wednesday 29th November 2017**

Change in routine today - I've decided to increase the HIIT portion of my workout to 8 sessions of 40 every 30 seconds - so:

HIIT in 3:50 = 320

Then 12 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 720

Total = 1040

Cumulative total = 25320

**Monday 27th November 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 24280

**Saturday 25th November 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 23260

**Tuesday 21st November 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 22240

**Saturday 18th November 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 21220

**Wednesday 15th November 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 20200

**Monday 13th November 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 19180

**Saturday 11th November 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 18160

**Thursday 9th November 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 17140

**Tuesday 7th November 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 13 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 780

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 16120

**Sunday 5th November**

Had a few days break - 3 of them walking in the Wye valley, Herefordshire, with some good friends.

As is our custom on these weekends (this was our 58th - my 32nd), we had a charity collection and it was decided that I was to be the recipient.

To express my thanks, I did a demo of my press ups, achieving 109 in one minute. In the evening I did my usual HIIT and then continued with sets of 60 every 90 seconds while the evening newspaper reviews lasted.

25 (as a warm-up)

109

240

660

Total 1034 + 14066 =

15100 cumulative total

[

**31st Oct 2017**- I've done it! Here's the BBC's report on it - pics and interview.

I absolutely smashed my original 100 target, achieving

**127**press ups inside 60 seconds on my third set. Total so far = 14066. Story below.]

In July 2016, I managed 1175 press ups in 1 hour, raising £850 for the local YMCA and Taunton Association for the Homeless. I did this by doing a set of 20 press ups every minute, roughly, for the hour.

I’ve kept practicing and my plan for this year's challenge is to see how many I can do in one minute. To my surprise, I’ve built up to over 100 in one minute.

I turn 80 in a few days or so, and my intention is to raise more money for charity by getting a 1 minute video of my efforts up on to YouTube. I'm still improving, and there's no doubt I'll smash my 100 press up target.

BBC film and interview on my challenge.

**Tuesday 31st October 2017 - THE DAY!**

**All went well - I had three attempts at a record:**

00-01 109

05-06 119

10-11 127

Total 355

All three were filmed, both by BBC Somerset (see report above) and the YM. As soon as I do, I'll post a link. I was given good support from the YM team, who provided both a timer and a counter. I had an audience of around 30 people (including one vegan!) who were very encouraging.

This evening I did the rest of the thousand I'm doing every other day:

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 7 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 420

With the 355 from earlier in the day, that equates to:

Total = 1015

Cumulative total = 14066

**Sunday 29th October 2017**

Thought I needed to do a dress rehearsal before my challenge attempt this coming Tuesday - but I didn't want to do it the day before. So I need to do it today.

00-01 102 press ups

04-05 111

08-09 116

12-13 126

16-17 130

Total 585

I was very happy with that - I feel I'm in good shape for Tuesday.

Cumulative total = 13051

**Saturday 28th October 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 11 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 660

That gave me 900. Finally I did 123 press ups in 60 seconds.

Total = 1023

Cumulative total = 12466

**My original target was 2000 a week - roughly 700, 3 days per week. So, 4 weeks in I'm over 4000 ahead of schedule. But I'm conscious that at any time I could suffer from something that stops me exercising. That's one reason I've upped my exercise routine - the other reason is that I like to push myself - and 1000 is a nice round number. Takes me round about 22 or so minutes. As I progress, no doubt I'll reduce the time between each set.**

**Wednesday 25th October 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 11 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 660

That gave me 900. Finally 2 sets of 50.

Total = 1000

Cumulative total = 11443

**Monday 23rd October 2017**

Smashed my first target of 10,000 tonight - 100th of the way to 1 million!

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 11 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 660

That gave me 900. Finally 2 sets of 50.

Total = 1000

Cumulative total = 10443

**Saturday 21st October 2017**

Bit of a change tonight - I decided to leave a longer gap between sets (after I've done my HIIT) to allow me to improve my form. I want there to be no doubt about any of my press ups when I go for my one minute challenge - in only 10 days, now!

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then 11 sets of 60 every 90 seconds = 660

That gave me 900. In the final set, I then went for a full minute to see how many I could do - and managed 128.

Total = 1028

Cumulative total = 9443

**Thursday 19th October 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then sets of 60 every minute x 10 = 600

Then sets of 60 every 70 seconds x 3 = 180

Total = 1020

Cumulative total = 8415.

**Monday 16th October 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then sets of 60 every minute x 5 = 300

Then sets of 60 every 75 seconds x 6 = 360

Then sets of 50 every 75 seconds x 2 = 100

Total = 1000

Cumulative total = 7385.

**Saturday 14th October 2017**

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then sets of 60 every minute x 7 = 420

Then sets of 60 every 90 seconds x 4 = 240

This gave me a total of 900 - since I was aiming for 1000, I thought I'd do the last 100 in one go.

Whilst I was doing this last set I thought, "Why not do a full minute and see how many I can manage?"

So I kept going - and finished with 130 in 60 seconds, a new personal best!

Today's total 1030.

Cumulative total = 6385.

**Thursday 12th October 2017**

Out to the Brewhouse theatre tonight - no beer involved - to see Ronnie Scott's All Stars Quintet. Once again a fabulous night's entertainment!

HIIT in 2:50 = 240

Then sets of 60 initially every minute x 3 = 180

Then sets of 60 every 75 seconds x 8 = 480

Finally sets of 50 every 75 seconds x 2 = 100

So, 240 + 180 + 480 + 100 = 1000

Cumulative total = 5355.

My projected target is 650 every other day, so I'm ahead by about 800, which means I can miss the odd day or so if necessary.

Cumulative total = 5355.

My projected target is 650 every other day, so I'm ahead by about 800, which means I can miss the odd day or so if necessary.

**Tuesday 10th October 2017**

Bit tired tonight - I had had a beer in the interval of the play I was watching at the Tacchi-Morris Theatre*. That possibly affected my initial performance.

So my HIIT was 30 press ups every 30 seconds x 6 = 180.

Then I did 50 every 60 seconds x 14 = 700 (once I got going, I was fine, so I just kept going until the end of the BBC paper review)

180+700=880 (in 17:25)

Cumulative total = 4355

**That's 2 weeks, now, so I'm 355 ahead of my target.**

It's definitely getting easier. That's the thing about these press ups - my progress is measurable, almost every session!

(*Brainstorm - production by Heathfield Yr 11 pupils. It was brilliant, can't praise it too highly!)

**Sunday 8th October 2017**

I've now decided, for my HIIT, to go for 6 sets of 40 every 20 seconds. This makes it a lot easier to work out, and each set takes me roughly 20 seconds.

HIIT = 240

Then sets of 60 every 75seconds x 8 = 480

So, 720 inside 14 minutes

Cumulative total 3475

Cumulative total 3475

**Thursday 5th October 2017**

HIIT = 236

Then sets of 60 every 75seconds x 8 = 480

So, 716 in around 15 minutes

Cumulative total 2755

**Tuesday 3rd October 2017**

My HIIT - (20 seconds flat out, 10 seconds rest x 6)

00:00-02:50 = 230 within 3 minutes

05:00-15:00 every 75 seconds I did 60 press ups = 480

I added an extra set of 60 today, so 8 sets;- and I was a bit more relaxed about timing. I want to stay ahead of my weekly target just in case anything happens sickness, holidays, etc. I shall aim for 700+ each time, just to give me that leeway.

I added an extra set of 60 today, so 8 sets;- and I was a bit more relaxed about timing. I want to stay ahead of my weekly target just in case anything happens sickness, holidays, etc. I shall aim for 700+ each time, just to give me that leeway.

Today's total = 710

Cumulative total = 2039 (So 39 up!)

**Sunday 1st October 2017**

My HIIT - (20 seconds flat out, 10 seconds rest x 6)

00:00-02:50 = 230 within 3 minutes

05:00-13:00 every 75 seconds I did 60 press ups = 420

Today's total = 650

Cumulative total = 1329

**Friday 29th September 2017**

Well, a few days late, my challenge has begun.

679 press ups today:

I did one minute at the YMCA, to get the folks down there to check on my form. Two fitness experts there told me I was spot on, no need to worry.

I managed 109 in the minute.

This evening I did my HIIT - flat out press ups for 20 seconds, then rest for 10. Repeat 5 more times. This gave me 218 within 3 minutes. I followed this up with 50 every 75 seconds - 352.

109

218

__352__

Total = 679

So, day one - 679, on track!

**Sunday 17th September 2017**

**Preparation for one million press ups**:

A couple of days ago, on Thursday 14th September, I did 600 in 12 minutes. My usual modus operandi is to begin my routine with 6 sets of HIIT press ups - so, flat out press ups for 20 seconds, then rest for 10. Repeat 5 more times. I average about 33 press ups in each 20 seconds, so I’m up to 200+ in under 3 minutes. I rest for 1 minute and then go for 50 every minute. I’ve done 8 of these in the past - (8x50=400) - so another 50 should be well within my reach, and that’ll give me 650.

As you can see, each day's routine is only going to take about 13 minutes, so it's not going to take a huge chunk out of my day.

(I tend to do my exercise at 10.30 in the evening, when both Sky and BBC news do their paper reviews.)

Tonight, Saturday 16th, I’m aiming for 1000 - just to see if I can do it. I should be able to do this inside 20 minutes:

200 in 3 minutes doing my HIIT;

Rest for one minute;

50 every minute for 16 minutes;

= 1000.

**Update**:

I did it - 1000 press ups in 20 minutes. It was hard, but I know now, if I wanted to see how many I could do in an hour, I could manage 3000 - it's within my reach, I feel sure. But that's not on my horizon at the moment - I've got the 100 in 1 minute challenge first (which I've already done several times whilst practicing), followed by the 1 million between my 80th and 90th birthdays.

I must confess that, towards the end of my routine, since each set of 50 takes me less than 30 seconds, I put back the start of each set by 5 seconds - so that instead of finishing my routine tonight at 19 minutes 30 seconds, I finished it just inside on the 20 minutes.

As an aside, I've just checked my VO Max:

Given my age, my VO Max should be 32 - but apparently, I have the fitness level of a 49yr old and my VO Max is 45.

I couldn't even do one press up! Good luck, I'll be cheering you on.

ReplyDeleteThanks, Amy, been over a year, now. I'll answer your other post later tonight. :)

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