For those of you new to Man of the Couch, every Friday I am chronicling my journey from a skinny white boy to awesomely ripped Spartan. The first step on this journey, the gateway work out plan if you will, is the hundred push-up plan found here.
I probably should have done this last week but I didn't... here's a "before" picture for the 100 push up challenge. Before you look at it though you may want to grab some sun glasses, I wasn't exaggerating my whiteness...
So far, I'm joined by my wife, my mom and dad, my sister, and my friend Mark Bars... (I'm not cutting off the rest of his last name for his privacy, just because it's weird and hard to spell). Here's what Mark sent me right when he started...
My arms are buzzing. I maxed out at 17 (ranked 3 for my age) last week and so was doing the 3rd column for the work out. Everything quit during the last set before I even had a chance to see what my new max would be. I guess lifting 225 off the ground like that is rougher than I thought!
Anyway, thanks for the encouragement to get back in the saddle.
My wife topped out at 4 for the initial test and has been chugging along with me. I haven't heard from the rest of my family how they are doing.
As for me, I started out being able to do 40 push ups. This meant I started on week 3 of the program. In hind sight, I should have been a little less ambitions in my initial push ups because week 3 is a bad, bad word of the four letter variety (sorry mom).
My wife and I have been doing our push ups in the evening M/W/F. So technically I haven't completed my first week since we haven't done Friday's push ups yet but I won't tell if you don't.
Here's a run down on the numbers for this week:
You can't say you didn't learn anything today, seriously who actually knew that 300 was 5 less than 305?
Anyway, the first week was hard but worth it. I can definitely feel it and it feels
painful great! I'll have herculean strength in no time...maybe. If you haven't started yet, it's not too late to join us and get buff and studly.
Are you doing the 100 push up challenge with us? If so how is it going?
Mom here. Finished the first week. I'm doing my push ups in the morning and I opted for the sissy - girly push-ups on my knees, but hey stronger is strongerand I don't want huge bicepts anyway. I did 10 for my test and was rated at column 2 so started out on week on. Did the ones for this morning (Monday 2nd week) definitely feel it.
OK, so the Mark Bars.... update. The shoulder gave out middle of the 2nd workout so I'm slowing down. Slowing down but not giving up. After all, I can't have you get bigger arms than me. ;-)
There should be some kind of warning that I get BEFORE a topless photo of you appears in my email!!!! I'm just saying! I think I'm going to talk Eric into doing this with me...I'll let you know how that goes over...the guy does work outside all day so he's not going to be too gung ho about doing a bunch of push ups when he gets home.
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You may have noticed there's been no MotC action for nearly two weeks. I could give you all the regular excuses: work got busy, I've had a lot going on lately, I developed a horrific allergy to computer keys... but I know you wouldn't buy it.
So here's the real skinny: I didn't blog because I took a super soldier serum and was busy stopping evil from taking over the city. Your welcome by the way. Would you rather I blogged or you were under the power of a communist leader?
So let's agree to forgive and forget shall we?
Now that that's behind us let's get back to Fitness Friday.
As many of you know, I played my first show with a band on Sunday night here in Nashville at the Rutledge . . . This was my first time to play at this awesome venue, and by all accounts, it was a very good start to the promotional run for my album "Seahorses". David Sutton was on hand to play drums and Ben Wilson rocked out on the bass. They both also happen to be really good vocalists and helped me out with some harmonies. We played 8 songs--one of which was a cover of the Marvin Gaye classic, "What's Goin' On". It was so awesome to play with a drummer and bassist on stage. I don't know why I haven't done this sooner. Here are some more photos . . . [caption id="attachment_210" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="David on drums and Ben on bass!!!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_214" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Striking a pose after our set."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_215" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Special thanks to my friend Dennis for taking some great photos!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_216" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="My Mom and Sister at my show!!"][/caption]
Up next is my show at Cafe Coco on October 15.
By the way, on my regular Sunday post I mentioned that I received a random, but very pleasant surprise. Well, the owner of Loudhouse Coffee in Greenbrier, TN, contacted me on myspace (out of the beautiful blue) and asked if I could do a show at their venue. Well, after some scheduling negotiations, we've come up with a solid date. On Saturday, November 1st, we'll be playing at Loudhouse Coffee. I'll have more info on this as more details are hashed out.
Thanks, and I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!