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    Your push up plan looks great! Joining a group will help, for support, for encouragement.
    A year ago I hated sit ups, because I wasn't able to do 1 proper one. But now I can do them easily and they're not so bad anymore. So maybe that's the goal to keep in mind: by practicing making it easier and thus less horrible. And, opening the door to fun programs!

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      In my opinion, it helps a lot to do things together, so having a group that does push-ups helps and then helps even more to find your own way of doing things.
      I if I do 100 push-ups divided into sets of 10 reps (10x10) I have no problems if I do them in sets of 20 (20x5) I end up deeply hating every single set. Even my physique if I do many sets from a few repetitions reacts much better and the next day I have no pain or soreness.
      In my experience doing something in a way you don't like makes it last very little
      I wouldn't think of The Pushers as a thing to do for a whole year, try, see how it goes and decide whether to continue, it's not the signing of a contract
      I started doing push-ups every day and this month I do them every two, the next one I don't know yet

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        I am with Fremen, join and go for the weeks you can handle...maybe you take a break day or week, that doesn't really matter, as long as you stay consistent in the long run...

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          That's a great plan/tracker!

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            Your tracking sheets rock, very detailed...

            are you planning the (50 in one go) to do on your knees? Cause I consider it as the hardest challenge of all... but that might be a personal thing... I would save it for the end...

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              Thank you NancyTree Fremen HellYeah Belerith .

              NancyTree part of my reason for considering doing this is to get to that point of hating push-ups less, so I will be able to do programs and workouts with push-ups in them without procrastinating for hours and hours because I am dreading that one (to me) horrible exercise.

              Originally posted by Fremen View Post
              it's not the signing of a contract
              Very true, Fremen . If I joined, I would be strongly disinclined to quit. For me, this is the second most important reason for joining The Pushers. (Support of the community being the most important.) I need to be able to trust myself to push as hard as it's beneficial for me to push while still giving myself permission to walk away if the program turns out to be not right for me (or not right at this time).

              HellYeah I like the idea of taking a week off here and there. So it would take me more than a year to complete the program. But this is okay. Even when I was a serious competitive runner, I would take two weeks completely off from running every year (one week after the close of spring track season, one week after the close of fall cross-country season). It was actually hard for me to take the full week off each time, but I think my training and progress was better for the breaks in the long run. With push-ups, I'm pretty sure I would welcome the breaks! The idea of taking 54 (or even 56 or 58) weeks to complete The Pushers protocol makes the quest seem much less gruesome to me, and definitely the option to take "vacation" weeks would help me to maintain long-term consistency.

              Re: the order of the push-up challenges in my plan: I mostly arranged them so that the volume of push-ups called for in the challenges will best fit with The Pushers progression (to minimize the need for the black cells on my schedule, which are days when I will need to do push-ups not called for in that month's challenge). My goal for the Knee Push-ups Challenge is to complete the challenge doing full push-ups and full chaturangas. I may need to take breaks between sets longer than 30 seconds to get through the back half of the challenge, but otherwise it should be doable for me on my toes. The 50 Push-ups (in one go) Challenge is second because it has a low volume of total push-ups. I fully expect I will not be able to complete it on my toes on my first attempt. My plan is to hold out on my toes for as long as I can, then finish up the long sets near the end on my knees as necessary. My first time doing the challenge will be to set my current benchmark. Then, if I succeed in sticking with the training plan that follows, I can repeat the 50 Push-ups (in one go) Challenge again in the future and hopefully earn my 50 Push-ups badge at that time.

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                reasonable approach

                I did not expect anything else from our colourful dragon

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                  I hate push-ups too, Laura Dragon, and I'm there!

                  It's good fun, and I'm getting a real sense of achievement from doing something I know I find hard!

                  Be lovely to see you there.

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                    I am still blown away by your nature posts and greatly appreciate every one of them. You motivated me to dig out my SD card reader and get my camera back in action here. Been trying to photograph birds from my apartment and it's difficult; gotta be ready to go without moving too much or wasting too much time.

                    What's the focal length of your lens? My best zoom lens is 18-135mm and it looks like I could get some decent shots but I'd likely be cropping out most of the photo to see the bird. Going to work with what I have but been really curious about your setup. Do you sometimes shoot at higher ISO's to get a shorter shutter snap?

                    Also when I run now, I'm far more aware of the various bird calls around me and I think "is this bird just passing through or will it hang out all year?". Realizing the incredible diversity of birds from reading your posts makes nature feel even more profound. Wish I knew enough to give decent data for the big birding day today but will have to sit on the sidelines until I've spent more time on my IDs and maybe find a group to go birding with (eventually).

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                      CaptainCanuck some good news for us: http://www.ontarioparks.com/covid19

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                        Rainbow Dragon oh yes I just saw this, very exciting, I think we will go to Ouimet Canyon on Monday. I imagine you are heading to Rondeau?

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                          CaptainCanuck only the non-operating parks are opening on Monday. Operating parks, such as Rondeau, don't re-open until Friday. But I will be there Friday for sure!

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                            Rondeau Park, a name I already heard from my parents ! They normally go in camping there in the last week of April / beginning of May for birdwatching, particulary at that moment for the Migration. This year, since we are from Quebec and camping is still not in the reopening previsions they don't plan to go this year

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                              Rainbow Dragon Ah ok, still good news, we will make plans for Friday, it might even feel like Spring by then ...

                              Myrvina Rondeau is pretty nice, I was there for the first time last year.

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                                Myrvina May is normally the busiest time for Rondeau, because of the spring migration. Already the best birding opportunities will have passed by the time the park finally re-opens on Friday. But still, it will be wonderful to get back there. And really there is good birding in Rondeau year-round--but the first half of May is the best time for warblers. The third week of May will still be good--but the more the leaves are filled out on the trees, the harder it will be to find the little birds.

                                I'm sorry your parents won't be able to come down for the spring migration this year. Rondeau is so quiet over the winter months. Seeing all the birders flock to the park in the spring, and meeting people from all over, is one of my favourite things about spring.

                                CaptainCanuck a high of 16C is forecast for my area for Friday. High winds, but at least it will be warm. Yesterday we had snow!

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