6 Week Body Weight Workout Challenge - Week 2 summary
I got through week two, took a few days, and then did my second failure test.
Here are the results:
So I doubled my strength in all the categories! I start week three on Monday!
Relieving Upper Back Tension
I spend the large majority of my day hunched. At a computer, over papers, reading a book… whatever it is, I’m probably hunching. It’s not that I wasn’t taught good posture - I was, and I tend to have it when I’m standing - it’s that I’m tall and my desk is inevitably too low. Or it’s that when I’m deeply focused, I tend to lean into what I’m doing.
Weight lifting on already tight shoulders and upper back only exacerbates it. Now, I have two kinds of pain: the good, muscle-building kind and the obnoxious, headache-causing hunching kind. As a result, I’ve spent a lot of time investigating good stretches for the upper back, since I tend to do my stress-relief on a budget. Massages are expensive, you know.
The one stretch I have found works consistently and immediately is a sort of yoga/desk-stretch hybrid. It’s essentially the upper half of eagle pose. Here’s how to do it.
6 Week Body Weight Workout Challenge - Week 1 summary
So on Monday, I started the routine as prescribed on the one hundred pushups website (links to all the other exercises on the sidebar of that page). Monday, Wednesday, and Friday were pushups and dips, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday were situps and squats.
I’m already amazed at how many more of each kind of exercise I’m doing. For example, in my initial test, I was only able to do 12 dips. Yesterday, my sets for dips were: 10, 13, 9, 9, and 13. That’s right, I did more dips in two of my sets than I could at all in my first test only a week ago.
I can’t wait to see how my strength continues to grow. Results are exciting, people! And aside from some soreness and shaky legs on my post-squat runs, I haven’t had any problems. Some early wrist and elbow soreness on the pushups was fixed when I started using pushup handles (lifesavers, I tell you!)
Anyone else out there doing this? I would love to hear from you!