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The one hundred push-ups and two hundred sit-ups challenge

I’m always up for challenges! And I found a new one, or actually: two!

Lately, I’ve become very interested in fitness without complicated machines and equipment. Of course, running is already a low-equipment activity (because essentially, you only need running shoes), but in my additional training I did use the fitness equipment at my local gym. But it turns out that training your muscles by just using you body weight is much better for both you muscles and you body orientation. And of course it is a big upside that you can do no-equipment exercises wherever and whenever you want.

I’m going to start with the basics: push-ups and sit-ups.

A few days ago, I came across this website, and decided to accept the challenge of one hundred push-ups, and two hundred sit-ups. After doing an initial test, you can look up the ideal training schedule for your current ability, which consist of a 10-20 minute workout of 5-7 sets of push-ups/sit-ups. This was exactly what I needed.

Training schedules can be annoying, because they can create a sense of obligation. But the one thing I love about them is that they give you the confidence that if you stick to the schedule, next week you will be stronger/faster/better than you are right now. Looking at the exercises in week 3, I gasp. But I know that because the number of push-ups are gradually increased, in 3 weeks I’ll probably be able to do as many as 28 consecutive push-ups.

There is one ‘but’: I’ll stop once my arms get too big. I like muscled arms, but I do not want to look like the hulk! I’m still a girl who wants to wear cute summer dresses. I have no limits for the sit-ups, I won’t complain if my belly will become ‘too toned’ (: