Yesterday, a fellow blogger, Changing Amy, posted a status update about the Two Hundred Sit-ups app she purchased on her phone. I was intrigued and decided I would give it a shot. However, when I visited the Play Store on my HTC 4g Evo, I read some reviews about the app freezing, etc. on the phone. Although the app is only $1.12, I chose to avoid the frustration of dealing with bugs on my phone. I, then, looked over at the related apps section, and saw the 100 push ups app from the same developer and for the same price!
I am a big fan of progression-based workouts after completing the Couch to 5k program and conquering my first-ever 5k run. I've also always wanted to increase my push-up numbers. As is the story for most women, my legs are much stronger than my arms.
You don't have to buy the app, you can just visit their website and follow the program but I think the app was helpful.
First thing you have to do is throw your ego away and choose to be honest with the set up tool. It asks how many good-form push ups you can execute. I decided to say two. I want to start the program from the very beginning and see if it works. The suggestion from the developers of the program is to do the workout three times a week - something like Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
I jumped right in to my first routine. The recommendation is simple and the app makes it very easy to follow. I had to do a combination set of 2-3-2-2-3 push ups with 60 seconds in between each set. So that's two push-ups, rest, three push-ups, rest, two push-ups, etc.
Below is a list of the things I really liked about the app:
- The app has a timer that let's you know when the 60 second rest is done.
- There is no time limit to perform the number of push ups within each set.
- The app logs in your progress and tracks how many push ups you have done to date.
- After the sixth week, I should manage to perform 100 consecutive push ups!
I am looking forward to it.