Practice Makes Perfect?
Yep, I've been doing the program for seven weeks, and I'm following the week five schedule for the second week in a row.
I was shocked and amazed, because I maxed at 33 reps. That was a great improvement over my previous exhaustion test where I maxed at 20, and a huge improvement over my starting point of nine.
With the 33 reps under my belt, I dove into the week five schedule — which was my actual sixth week doing the program, because I had repeated the week two schedule — and followed the program as outlined in column one.
That first day kicked my ass: 30 reps, followed by 24, 22, 20 and then 30+. But, thankfully, subsequent days were better, even though they had more sets than previous schedule. By the end of that week, I did another exhaustion test. Still maxed at 33 reps. Damn!
So, I'm doing the week five schedule again this week and hoping I can get past this plateau.
Not Even Slightly Discouraged
Despite having to repeat a few weeks over the course of this thrilling and exciting journey, I'm still extremely pleased with both this program and my progress.
Based on how this second go-round with week five is progressing, I have a feeling I may have to repeat it again. Well, they say third time's the charm, right?
I should note, though, I'm still having some pretty bad wrist strain. But I believe it is more than the push ups. I'm also kickboxing, which is taxing my wrists because I'm still learning the proper form for punches. But I'm working with my trainer to strengthen my wrists in hopes it gets better over time.
All in all, I'm still going strong with this program. It fits very easily into my schedule and it is working, albeit a bit slower than my impatient self would like.