On an average day I can do about sixty to seventy pushups in a row easy. If I’m competing I have maxed out at about one hundred and ten pushups in two minutes. Towards the end of my workout today I could barely do eight pushups in a row. The scene was almost comical – me in the down position, arms shaking, grunting unabashedly in my effort to straighten out my arms. And by the very end of my Skullcrusher/push-up workout I could barely do one. I almost fell on my face on that very last set.
My muscles really gave out, and to be honest I felt pretty great. Whenever I get to the point where I don’t think I can do another rep, I always try to get one more. Of course the extra rep rarely ends well, but it’s part of the process of getting stronger. You condition your body to work at its worst, so when you’re rested and at your best, you can perform better than you ever thought you could.
Take it from a guy that swam competitively for over ten years. Each practice lasted two hours with less than fifteen minutes of rest combined during the entire two hours. At the end of practice, when I thought I couldn’t possibly swim another lap, when my arms felt like they were going to fall off and my lungs were going to burst, I pushed on. Just one more lap.
By race day my body was ready to compete. All those two hour long practices just for a one to two minute race. In the end your body can take more than your mind thinks it can. Your mind will shut down long before your body ever does. So when you train, it is important to train your mind as well as your body.
1 X 10 @50LBS Dumbbell Bench Press
3 X 6 @70LBS Dumbbell Bench Press
5 X 4 @80LBS Dumbbell Bench Press
1 X 10 @60LBS Dumbbell Bench PRess
1 X 10 @17.5LBS Cable Crossover
1 X 10 @22.5LBS Cable Crossover
2 X 8 @27.5LBS Cable Crossover
3 X 6 @32.5LBS Cable Crossover
1 X 10 @95LBS Incline Bench Press
1 X 8 @115LBS Incline Bench Press
5 X 6 @135LBS Incline Bench Press
5 X 8 Dips
3 X 10 @45LBS Dumbbell Standing Skullcrusher
3 X 8 Push-ups
8-Minute Ab Workout
Mile Run @7:53/Mile Pace