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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Craig Ballantyne article

May 25-530,May27-300 total 102,464
weight 199.5 bf %20
calories left to burn 49377

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Found an interesting website on working out without weights. Specifically using gymnastics moves to get in shape.
Also found an interesting brief article by Craig B on push ups/fitness level. Despite hundreds of push ups a day in a single set-I can only do the low end of the "fit:" range in a single set. Here's the article.

How Many Pushups Can You Do?
by Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
The push-up is the all-American exercise. Too bad most Americans would have a hard time cranking out a single repetition, let alone the number they should be able to do for their age.
It's time to start re-gaining your upper-body strength. And in a challenge I put together for Men's Health Magazine last summer, I set the bar very high. Here, for example, are the numbers I gave for men under the age of 45 to determine their level of fitness:
Able to do less than 20 push-ups = out of shape
Able to do 20-34 push-ups = average
Able to do 35-49 push-ups = fit
Able to do more than 50 push-ups = "Men's Health" fit
(For a woman, cut the number of repetitions by 60 percent. So, to get an "average" fitness score, a woman under the age of 45 would need to be able to do at least 12 pushups.)
If you are a beginner, start with kneeling push-ups to build strength. Do one set of 5-10 reps today, and add one set every other day until you are able to do three sets of 10 kneeling push-ups.
Once you are able to do that, you'll be ready for the next level: lowering yourself to the ground for a 3-count, then relaxing onto your knees and getting back up to the start position. Work your way up to 8 repetitions... and then you'll be ready to do full push-ups.
If you're already doing full push-ups, here's how to improve your fitness score: Start by doing half the number of repetitions you can do, rest 30 seconds, repeat that same number of push-ups, rest 30 seconds again, and then repeat the push-ups. Do this two or three times per week, decreasing the rest period by 10 seconds each week. Retest your max after three weeks.Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS©2008

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