Mr. Martin's note: We have a lot of students that chose the goal of 100 push-ups per day throughout their quarantine. Instead of posting multiple posts of the same article type, I consolidated their stories. You can read them all here.
Kyle Edman's Story
How Jed has stayed active in quarantine
By: Kyle Edman
Over the last week and a half, I decided to physically challenge myself by doing 100 push-ups and sit-ups everyday and I am going to continue to keep my grind strong. I am going to maintain doing my push ups and sit ups over the next two and a half weeks for a total of four weeks long. This is what I wanted to do and it has definitely motivated me.
I decided to choose this kind of project because I have always been interested in my body physique and how I look so I can have a lot of self-confidence. Another reason I decided to do this is because now that I have completed my four years of football I don’t hit the weights as hard as I used to and with the whole COVID-19 outbreak all the gyms are closed so I felt like this was the project that would be perfect for me to do.
Staying in great shape and being physically fit is really important to the human body and this is something so simple that anyone can do at their home that will keep them active and healthy and get you stronger.
During the start of my workout grind, I was thinking to myself, “This is going to be such a waste of time and I am just gonna do it for class because I have to.”
After only a few days I was really sore and tired but I was starting to love what I was doing. I realized that is great for me and not only is it helping me but it is also keeping me on a schedule to do my push-ups and sit-ups every day. Working out is a huge motivator for me.
I have learned that I am going to hurt that’s normal and I have been doing research and watching videos and this has also motivated me to drink a lot of water and just be healthy in general.
For next week, I hope to accomplish my goal of doing my sets every day and Increase the number of push ups and sit ups I do in each set as of right now I have done 5 sets of 20 and 4 sets of 25 for a total of 100 each but I hope to increase the number and eventually be able to do two sets of 50. My overall goal is to become stronger.
Jillian Gray's Story
Starting a couple of days ago, I made the commitment for the next 4 weeks that I will push myself to do 100 push-ups and 100 sit ups a day. See now doesn’t that just sound like a fun idea?
I chose this experiment because while being bored all day because of Covid-19, it gave me a way to get up and get active. Staying healthy and taking care of my body is a huge thing to me, and this experiment kind of makes me and motivates me to do this every day for the next 4 weeks.
Oh, how I thought this would be easy.
Little did I know, the first day really kicked my butt. I tried cranking out all 100 push-ups at one time and all 100 sit ups at one time, and I just want to tell you that it was a huge mistake. After the first day, my body was aching and it felt so sore to move.
After learning my lesson the first day, I decided to start slow, only doing 10 push-ups and switching to 10 sit ups. I alternated back and forth until I hit 100 of each exercise. As the days went by, the exercises got easier and it made me feel more confident.
On most days, the sit ups were a breeze, but let me tell you that the push-ups really tire me out on most of the days. It got me frustrated when the push-ups or sit ups were getting hard and I just kept on thinking that I wasn’t strong enough. But at the end of the day, that one thought pushed me to complete the exercises each day.
I want to prove to myself that I was strong enough and that by the end of the 4 weeks I can do all the exercises at once.
Sarmin Alikavozovic's Story
I have chosen to do 100 pushups every single day for the next two weeks.
I choose to do this and I am going to write an article about it or make a project on it and see what things I notice from before vs. after doing the push ups.
I wanted to do this because i used to go to the gym and I stopped , so I wanted to see what happens when you do 100 pushups every single day. I've been doing 100 pushups every single day for the past week and a half and I feel so much better and energized from when I first started.
I wanted to face these challenges and do this exact exercise because I want to have a good body and I want to work on it and face the obstacles, both mental and physical.
For example, when I first started to do the pushups I had to split it into sets of 20 and do 20 maybe every 45 minutes. After the first 3-4 days, I was able to do 50-60 pushups at a time with no rests.
I would say that I'm seeing progress in my arms and chest and it's making me addicted to doing more and more. By next week I want to accomplish 700-800 pushups and I want to do 80-90 push ups in a row without taking a break.
I feel like 100% I can do it, I just have to have enough sleep and be motivated to do it.
Jimmy Luiz's Story
For my project during this time at home, instead of just being lazy all day everyday until the world goes back to normal, I chose to better myself.
I took on the challenge of doing 100 push ups a day and during these two weeks, I have actually gotten the motivation to do the 100 push ups no matter what and add a whole workout to them every day.
I am doing this because I love fitness and I used to go to the gym a lot. I would have had track season right now and, since it is not happening, I want to keep my body strong and healthy.
At first it was tough because I was weaker than normal but as the days have gone on, I am back and I'm going to be better than ever very soon. I have split my days up into a push day, pull day, and then legs. I have done all the workouts in my house which I am very lucky to have weights to get it done.
At first, the push ups were a challenge but I kept at it and now the push ups are getting easy but every single day my body is sore and I love it. It makes me feel better than yesterday and all i want is to wake up every day knowing i got stronger yesterday and I'm going to get even stronger today.
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