Ever since I started doing the Fitmixer bootcamp workouts, I’ve been excited to see that I’m actually gaining some upper body strength. If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll recall that last year I embarked on the 100 pushup challenge. Before I did that, I wasn’t even able to do more than a few pushups on my knees. I didn’t finish the whole program, but I did get up to 70 or 80 pushups by the time I stopped, but even then they were still knee pushups. D would challenge me to try doing a “real” pushup and I would basically splat flat on my face during the first one.
Despite not being able to do a pushup on my toes, I did start seeing some arm muscles for pretty much the first time in my life. It was so motivating! Now that I’m in the thick of bootcamp, I’ve been challenged to do not only pushups on my toes, but ridiculous variations on pushups that I never even knew existed. Not to mention all the other creative exercises that work out the entire remainder of my body.
Well, you can imagine my excitement when a few weeks ago, I found that I was able to do toe pushups for the first time in my life! I had to show off to D that I was finally able to do one (and more than one at that), and it certainly felt good to overcome that obstacle.
In the past week or so, the two of us have started doing a little something together while we’re watching TV and just hanging out at night. We do pushups and planks together! Usually, we’ll just be standing around chatting or in the kitchen together, and out of the blue, one of us will say “let’s go do some pushups!”. We’ll usually start with around 10 and keep challenging each other to do more.
And now, we’ve started adding planks! D had never done planks before, and I’ve been going on and on lately about how good they are for your core (and how HARD they are, despite their appearance). It certainly pushes the both of us to do this kind of thing together, because we get competitive and encourage each other to keep on going when we want to stop.
Do you ever work out with your significant other?