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Push ups and Pull ups -- Just Five More

by Bob
(Tucson, AZ)

My workout was actually a series of workouts. I was fairly thin, but certainly not conditioned. I decided that I had to do something to change things.

I did not have much money so joining a gym was out. I decided that I could do exercises in my home. Exercises that I grew up with.

I just had to find out how to step them up to give me the results I wanted.

I started out by choosing two basic exercises. Pushups and situps. I performed ten repetitions of each. Yes, I could have done a few more, but this was my starting point.

I decided that from there on, I would do push ups and sit ups every day and add 5 repetitions to each exercise. No stopping would be allowed.

After a month's time I could do 160 push ups and sit ups without stopping. I eventually worked my up up to 500 push ups and 500 sit ups daily.

At that point, I lowered the reps a bit to 100 and added in other exercises such as chins and wind sprints. My conditioning exploded during this time.

Interestingly enough, I also began to gain weight. My body weight went from 130 pounds to 150 and finally to 170. And I was ripped!

This extended workout would take me about 30 minutes a day.

When I finally could afford a gym membership, I was able to bench 225lbs with never having benched before.

I was asked by the gym owner how I developed my strength and I told him about my workout. He began the workout himself and lost 20lbs.

He loved the results and suggested it to some gym members who were struggling with plateaus. Most seemed to break out of their ruts with the workout and begin to make improvements again.

I have to say this is a TOUGH workout and you need to be very mentally focused and determined in order to push yourself from day to day. But you can do it! Give it a try!

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