Day 8

Day 8 of the 6 Week Challenge:

Some days are better than others. I took a couple days off and sadly, my weight has gone up because of it. However, that means I have more energy, as well. I’ll just have to burn that all off over the next few workouts.

Day 8:

  • 112 push-ups
  • 200 sit-ups
  • 10 pull-ups
  • 10 chin-ups
  • 6:00 planking
  • 50 squats, with 2 x 25 lb. dumbbells
  • 150 bench dips

I admit that I’m horrible at sticking to plans. I start out great guns and then do my own thing, after a while. That doesn’t mean I don’t gain the benefits, but I’m extremely inpatient.

My squats were the first example of that. It took me no time at all to break the goal and hit 600 squats, instead of 200. Legs of course, are the biggest muscle group in your body and if they’re in shape, they are very difficult to tire. I’ve since replaced that exercise, as you can see above, with a weighted squat exercise, instead.

I was doing 50 crunches before surgery, then none afterwards, obviously. So, from November until now, I’ve essentially had to start from scratch. After a few weeks of following the regimen fairly closely, I realized I could do more and so I threw away the 5 sets of 15 to 25 sit-ups at a time and went for the gusto. Today, I completed 4 sets of 50. The last set was brutal and it took everything I had in me to get in those last 10, but I did it. As such, I’ve met another goal; 200 sit-ups.

I did the same with the planks. I used to do a 1 minute plank, but after surgery, I had to start over. In just a few weeks, I’ve made it to 3 sets of 2 minute planks. Another round number under my belt. 4 more minutes to go.

Finally, there’s bench dips, another limit that I pushed, until I hit 150 reps in only 3 weeks of training.

Now, I just have to increase the reps of each of those exercises and decrease the sets, with the goal of eventually being able to do them all in a single set, except the planks. I don’t see that I could ever do 10 minutes of solid planking, in one set. That just seems impossible to me, at this point.