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100 Push Ups

by Meghann on February 1, 2013

Welcome to February, everyone!

I love the start of a new month, especially a new month that includes my birthday. Exactly one week from today my twin brother and I will turn the big 2-8. I’m surprisingly not that beat up about turning another year older, I’m actually pretty excited. 27 was a great year, but it’s time to move on and see what new challenges lay ahead for 28. I’m not getting older, just a little wiser (and stronger!) with time. ๐Ÿ™‚

I kicked February off with an evil challenge at CrossFit this morning -100 push ups. Yikes


Well, before the push ups, we worked on bench presses. Again, the bench press was another “first” for me at CrossFit. Since I only go three days a week, I’m realizing I miss a lot on my “off” days. They worked on bench presses last Tuesday, but I wasn’t there to do them.

The bench presses were a challenge. My upper body is very weak and I’m still working on building my strength. Jolie and I (the only two females in today’s class) shared a bench and slowly went up in weight, adding 5 lb increments. I ended up maxing out at 70lbs for my 5 RM, definitely a number I can work on improving in the future.

It’s never a good sign when the WOD only consists of two things – push ups and evil wheels. Ouch.

Thankfully we were granted permission to do some on our knees, otherwise I wouldn’t have survived. I started in the full push up position to see how many I could do, then broke down to my knees to finish the set. I know going to your knees sounds like the easy way out, but trust me, it wasn’t. As soon as I hit 100 I collapsed to the ground and couldn’t move. My whole body was done. We could have gone to 150 for a RX, but it hurt too much. I had reached my limit at 100.

Each time we collapsed during our set, we had to do a 40 meter prowler. I broke for my first one when I had maxed out at full push ups and took off for my prowler run. I was the first one to do the prowler and just started pushing the one closest to me. It was heavy – really, really heavy – and I couldn’t believe how much effort it took me to push it to the end. It was only when I made it back in the box that my coach started giving me a round of applause and congratulating me for pushing the “dude” prowler. Wait.. what?

It had completely slipped my mind that there was a heavier “dude” prowler and a lighter “female” prowler. I had accidentally pushed the heavier one (which wasn’t terrible, but not my idea of a good time) for the first set. Whoops. I made sure not to make the same mistake for my second, but it was a bit of a confidence knowing I could push it if I wanted to.

The evil wheels were all I had left after the push ups. I took my time with those and did them in 10 rep increments. It burned!


Something tells me my core and chest muscles are going to hate me in the morning!

Post-workout refuel.


  • plain Chobani
  • Kashi Go Lean Crisp
  • Almond Slivers
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries


I’m out of walnuts. ๐Ÿ™ Walnuts are usually what really puts these bowls over the top in deliciousness.

Do you have any goals for the new month?

1 Dori February 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

What is a prowler? And congrats on the 100 pushups! I did 100 pushups at a CrossFit class, but it just happened to work out that way based on the warmup and how many rounds of Hand Release Pushups I got through during the WOD. Amazing feeling!
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2 Meghann February 1, 2013 at 10:00 am

Here’s a description I wrote of the prowler last week: It’s basically a bunch of weight your push from Point A to Point B.

3 lisa fine @ vermont vittles February 1, 2013 at 10:00 am

I love walnuts, but find that it gets expensive to buy nuts, other than peanuts. Where do you buy yours, and do you buy them in bulk or in bags?

4 Meghann February 1, 2013 at 10:14 am

I buy them from Publix in a bag. I’ve actually found that to be cheaper than going to bulk route at Greenwise or Whole Foods (which is the only place I know that sells bulk around me). What I need to do is going to Costco and buy them there.

5 Maureen February 1, 2013 at 10:13 am

Oh man! I call that the wheel of pain!! We use them in TRX sometimes and I feel it within a few hours. Hurts so good! ๐Ÿ™‚
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6 Courtney February 1, 2013 at 10:21 am

1oo push-ups?!? Whoa… that’s crazy!! Props to you for finishing ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

7 Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution February 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

I do most push ups on my knees. I did Angie the other day at Crossfit — 100 push ups, 100 pull ups, 100 sit ups and 100 goblet squats. It was intense.
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8 Meghann February 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

Holy moly! Just reading that makes me want to cry.

9 Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution February 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

Yeah, even with the push ups on my knees and using a band to do the pull ups, I wanted to die when I was done.
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10 TorontoRunner February 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

yesss another February birthday!! I’m 25 on the 5th ๐Ÿ˜€
that sounds like a super intense workout! I’m focusing on core and loooooots of pushups and planks this month!
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11 Lauren @ Eat Like An Elephant February 1, 2013 at 10:25 am

My goal this month is to up some of my weights…I can feel that I’ve kind of been coasting, so now’s the time to push it!
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12 beka @ rebecca roams February 1, 2013 at 11:01 am

Wuhoo! Great job on that prowler! Push ups are the devil. After doin them (+ lat ring pull ups) this past week I’m nursing a minor strain on my left (weaker) arm! I can’t wait to build more strength in my upper body! Crossfit is definitely going to do it ๐Ÿ™‚
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13 Christine @ BookishlyB February 1, 2013 at 11:21 am

You are going to be SO sore tomorrow! I like starting new months too- an opportunity to get reorganized and remotivated.
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14 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats February 1, 2013 at 11:39 am

Oh gosh, I have awful upper body strength, especially since strength training has gone to the wayside over the past couple of months
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15 Natalie @ Free Range Human February 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

100 push ups make me want to cry just thinking about it!

16 Sara @ fitcupcaker February 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

100 push ups dang! I am doing a push up challenge with becky from olivesnwine and I hope to be able to do 20 real push ups by Feb 28th!
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17 Anne @ eatcleaneatreal February 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Holy crap girl, major kudos to you. 100 pushups, wowzer! You make me excited and terrified to try crossfit for the first time next week. I did a beginner workout today that included a total of 25 pushups and I thought I was going to die. Keep it up lady!

18 Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles February 1, 2013 at 1:57 pm

My trainer used to use that evil wheel thing. It is awful.

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19 Katie February 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

That ab wheel looks so intense! I’m pretty sure my gym has one in “the random workout stuff” corner, I’ll have to try it out!
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