Pushing it

The Runtastic apps have been useful to me so far. I started off with the sit-ups app, and spent a couple of weeks following the programme as set out. Then I realised that there were other apps available that complemented it, namely the Push-ups and Squats apps. Happily they were available as part of a bundle, so I downloaded them along with the pull-ups app for £1.50 figuring that it was cheap enough to try out.

It’s had an interesting effect – the squats app is fairly straight forward and I’m having no real difficulty with doing my daily routine, although my balance isn’t quite right just yet. The more interesting one is the push-ups app as I’ve never really been able to do push-ups as far as I can remember.

The first few days were pretty awful – I could only just manage three push-ups at a time, but yesterday I managed to complete 20 push-ups in total as part of my session, with a one off record of 5 consecutive push-ups. This doesn’t sound like much, but I could really start to feel things getting a bit easier. That said, the last set of three that I had to do were a struggle, but I was determined to complete them. What’s more, my arms are definitely improving – I’m able to do a lot more arm exercises than I used to. The only concern I have is around my shoulder as it’s still not moving as much as it should do. By that, I mean that sometimes I have to manipulate my shoulder to get it to turn or move to a specific angle. I think a doctors appointment is going to be necessary to try and get things going again, but I’m not looking forward to that one.

My initial embarrassment factor over exercising in front of my wife has now evaporated – she largely doesn’t pay me any attention while I’m exercising, so I’m just carrying on. What this has meant is that I’m now only doing a round of arm exercises in the morning, with the remainder of my exercising being done in the evening.

Typically I’m doing at least 40 dumbbell curls, 40 dumbbell rows and 20 dumbbell shoulder presses, sometimes 40. On top of that, I’m doing at least 25 squats, 20 push-ups and at least 140 sit-ups. All of that takes me around 30 minutes or so, and I don’t need a gym to do any of it as I have all the equipment I need at home.

Perhaps the biggest thing I need now is some extra weights. The ones I have are on loan from my Dad, and I’m starting to reach the limits of what I can do with them. I’d rather have more weight and do fewer reps, than end up doing 60 or more reps across three sets. My goal is to bulk up my arms so I’ve got some muscles rather than the flabby arms I used to have. I don’t necessarily need a barbell as just the dumbbell are proving useful. I guess it’s something to add to my Christmas list!

Pushing it