No bread is an island

...entire of itself. (With apologies to John Donne!)
I live and breathe breadmaking. I’m an evangelist who would like everyone to make his or her own bread. I want to demystify breadmaking and show it as the easy everyday craft that it is. To this end I endeavour to make my recipes as simple and as foolproof as I possibly can.

I call my blog 'No bread is an island' because every bread is connected to another bread. So a spicy fruit bun with a cross on top is a hot cross bun. This fruit dough will also make a fruit loaf - or Chelsea buns or a Swedish tea ring...
I'm also a vegan, so I have lots of vegan recipes on here - and I'm adding more all the time.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

PRESS UP CHALLENGES: 1 MILLION IN 10 YEARS - AND 100 IN A MINUTE

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 :(
Very strange - I'll try again, of course, but in the meantime, I've managed to upload it to Facebook - so here's a link to that.



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

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


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.

I also intend to do 1 million press ups between my 80th and 90th birthdays. To accomplish this I need to do 100,000 a year, approx 2,000 a week. I want to leave a day’s rest between my efforts, and have Sunday off, so a routine of 650 on 3 days of the week is what I'm aiming for.

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.

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

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. 


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.

2 comments:

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

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

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