pushups, the ultimate exercise

ok, i’ll get back to studying in a minute.  but i found a great website and i think everyone should visit it.  it’s hundredpushups.com.  it has a 6 week course to get you to a goal of 100 pushups.  it also has 200 situps and 200 squats.  in krav, they work the core so much, i start to burn after 30 seconds of situps.  i used to be able to hit 30 pushups, now i’m down to 25 or so.  check it out.

also, an interesting article from NYT => pushups.  a piece:

The push-up is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut like a plank with toes and palms on the floor. The act of lifting and lowering one’s entire weight is taxing even for the very fit.

Based on national averages, a 40-year-old woman should be able to do 16 push-ups and a man the same age should be able to do 27. By the age of 60, those numbers drop to 17 for men and 6 for women. Those numbers are just slightly less than what is required of Army soldiers who are subjected to regular push-up tests.

If the floor-based push-up is too difficult, start by leaning against a countertop at a 45-degree angle and pressing up and down. Eventually move to stairs and then the floor.

Mr. LaLanne, who once set a world record by doing 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes, still does push-ups as part of his daily workout. Now he balances his feet and each hand on three chairs.

i’m not doing too bad on these practice questions.  i’ve got to do a practice test, maybe monday or tuesday, to build some stamina for the exam.  oh, btw, i’m going to india!


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