Archive for September, 2010

How many pushups can you do?
September 21, 2010

When growing up I remember being enthralled by stories of unbelievable feats of human strength. No, not from comic books… I never was much of a reader. It was tales of my father doing a hundred bedside pushups, before going to bed.

Yes, the good old days, your dad throwing you around the living room, as your mom nervously watches her lamp about to take another tumble. This healthy father and son camaraderie is beneficial on more than one level. No doubt a great bonding moment, but also a fun way to stay active.

As of late, my Pa and I have rekindled that friendly competitive spirit and turned it into a great way to stay in shape. I took it upon myself to see whether it would be at all possible to knock off a mere hundred pushups. Suffice to say they do not make them the way they use to. Back in the day men and women actually physically worked for a living. The idea might seem foreign to you but it is true; people physically exerted themselves to bring home the bacon (even literally).

Coming from the boy who could not climb the rope in gym class, I dedicate this blog to my dad; my hats off to you! Even with the well-deserved lean muscle from my past three years of pumping iron, I am just under half way to reaching this illusive hundred. What a mountain this will be to climb!

As much as you think you might know your family or friends, chances are you do not know how many pushups they can do. Well, that is about to change! Share this post and learn something new about them. Send me your results via the “Leave a Response” link at the top of this post or “Submit a Comment” below.

First, some ground rules… we have to make this fair.

  • your body must remain straight at all times (no raised or lowered butt)
  • place your hands just outside your shoulders
  • position your feet shoulder widths apart
  • lower yourself within three inches from the floor
  • raise yourself until your arms are straight
  • certainly no girly pushups
  • no stopping

Your pushups should look something like this: Pushups Guide

I will allow one slight modification. When you find yourself completely gassed, on your very last rep in the top position, take one quick second to gather yourself, enabling you to squeeze out a few more reps.

Send me your results and I will continue to update your progress. It will be a great way to increase your strength and have some fun at the same time.

Need a plan to help you reach a hundred pushups? Read this article: Test Yourself: Do 100 Pushups – Men’s Fitness.com by Jeff Decker

Happy workout!


*Photo provided by Microsoft Office Online Clip Art


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Core issues of obesity
September 14, 2010

What determines obesity?

    A. Biological Factors
    B. Genetics
    C. Lifestyle

The answer is… all of the above and not necessarily in that order.

If I am asked: “What determines obesity?” I say: “WHAT YOU PUT IN YOUR GROCERY CART!” Now that is something you have immediate control over.

We shop for groceries and select food almost entirely on impulse and cravings. Why? Because we want our FIX! Unfortunately, this has to change; we must be more concerned with what we put in our cart and ultimately our bodies. If its not going in your cart, its not going in your body.

For example, if you wanted to build a house and you knew you were going to live in it for the rest of your life, would you not build with the best materials available to you? The same goes for what you feed your body: Eat good material! Keep this in mind next time you fill your grocery cart.

A few months ago I blogged about, what contributes to holding people “FAT”?

    1. Environment or lifestyle
    2. Lack of accurate knowledge
    3. Self doubt. For example: “I’ll never be…”

All three of these obstacles can be overcome, and that is why I believe anyone can beat obesity if they have the desire to.


*Photo provided by deviantART user: lucydrew


What prevents you from reaching your goals?
September 7, 2010


To be or not to be… obese? That is the question!
September 2, 2010

I strongly believe being overweight is a choice. It does not happen over night. When you reach for junk food, you are in effect subconsciously saying to yourself: “The short-term gratification that junk food brings me is more important than my health.”

Seriously think about it; does a chronic smoker get lung cancer from his first few cigarettes? Of course not! It is due to years and years of choosing to suck those chemicals down his lungs. We have a choice when faced with the decision of what we are going to eat each and every meal: “Do I want junk food or do I want a healthy body?”

Yeah, I think I am on to something here. The government should require junk food companies to follow suit with tobacco companies, making it mandatory that their foods be labeled with pictures of extremely obese people. Would that help us make the right choice?


“McDonald’s” photo provided by Desktop Nexus user: mosterv


“Girl” photo provided by Microsoft Office Online Clip Art


“Thought Clouds” photo provided by Clker

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