How could I be missing Abs Month?
October was Abs Month in my martial arts class. Every day I could feel the burn, and I silently wished the end of the month would come quickly. Silently, because if you complain about anything in martial arts classes you will typically get more of what you complained about. All in your best interest to encourage appreciation of the muscles you are building!
I walked into my first class of November and heard these words – Push-Up Challenge. What? Did I hear that right? Abs Month is over and we are now facing Push-Up Challenge November? I thought I heard “1,000 push-ups”, but my brain wouldn’t take it in. That sounds ridiculous. 1,000 push-ups? Who thinks up these crazy things?
My brain went to the moment earlier in the day when I thought I was facing a tough meeting and decision at work. Every meeting, every decision, every report I’ve had to write now seems easier compared to push-up challenge.
I’ve had a long and colourful history with these push-ups. I was hesitant to join martial arts 10 years ago because I had heard about the push-ups. At that time, I couldn’t do one! Seriously, not one. The grand master encouraged me to join, informed me that white belts aren’t expected to do everything, and you can do as much as you’re able as you learn to do more.
I did learn to do them, but they weren’t pretty. (Push-ups with knees on the ground are not allowed) My body looked like an inverted V with my hands and feet on the ground. After many years, I made a personal goal of being able to execute one ‘perfect’ push-up. Body in a straight line, elbows under shoulders, and lowering myself to the ground in a controlled manner.
I haven’t achieved nose touching the ground, but I have made a ton of progress. *** Photo included above, what do you think? ***
Add your comments – am I making good progress? Are you able to do push-ups with good form? Would your brain freeze as mine did if you heard 1,000 push-ups?
I’m done with 250 after 3 classes so it feels achievable now. I wonder what’s coming in December!