Sunday, December 28, 2008

Perfect Pushup Update – Week 3: Not Yet Ripped

If you’ve happened to frequent this blog over the past month or so, you may recall that I’m following the Perfect Pushup regimen – in order to get ripped like a zipper, and cut like a razor. And buff like a new car. Or something like that.

Anyway, I’ve been religiously following the handy dandy instructional poster for the first 3 week training period. It features a handsome and muscular man doing variations of the Perfect Pushup.

I'm not sure what advanced move the Perfect Pushup Guy's doing here. It doesn't take much imagination to believe he's flying.

He is my hero. I can only imagine how many Perfect Pushups he’s capable of performing.

Even so, the results thus far have been only modestly encouraging. Actually better than I expected, but I’m not yet in the best shape of my life. I think that occurred when I was 12 years old, and playing tag football in the street every evening.

That being said, I’m definitely stronger than I was 3 weeks ago. At least when it comes to doing pushups. I maxed out at 17 Perfect Pushups when I first opened the box, and took them for the initial test drive. And after my first full course of study, I’m now able to do 23 Perfect Pushups. That’s an increase of about 35%.

That means I’m 35% stronger than before. If I keep this up, I calculate that in 15 weeks, I’ll be able to toss a Volkswagen 50 yards, and lift a tugboat (with full fuel tanks) straight over my head for 15 seconds. These are all rough estimates, of course. At the very least, I should be able to tear a loaf of Wonder Bread in half with my bare hands.

Just like the dude on the Perfect Pushup instructional poster, I will soon be a superhero.

My road to super strength continues on Tuesday, with three 2-minute drills of Perfect Pushups, comprised of 30 pushups each. And if you listen closely, ignoring the creak of my elbows, and the slap-slap-slap of my love handles against the floor, you might just hear the sound of perfection - as a perfect body is forged from a pair of $30 rotating plastic handles.

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