Monday, April 22, 2019

Pierini Fitness pushup test

We all have favorite exercises regularly done in our fitness training.  I have an affinity for pullups but also perform other bodyweight-only exercises in my fitness training rotation; pushups happen to not be one of them.

I’ve done plenty of pushups in my training past; you do lots of them in the Army and Pierini Fitness was in the Army many moons ago.  And, he performs a pushup of sorts when doing burpees, but it has a different feel to it than stand-alone pushups.

But, Pierini Fitness did go through a volume pushup phase probably fifteen years ago when hanging out at an internet fitness discussion forum that sold them as the Holy Grail of fitness training.  For a while, he drank the Kool-Aid and included volume pushup work in his training mix.

For some, the golden benchmark is being able to complete 100 consecutive pushups in a single set.  This is something Pierini Fitness never accomplished.  While my training journals from this bygone era are nowhere to be found, I recall my best being about 55 pushups in a single set maximum reps effort.

A couple other volume pushups workouts I did come to mind.  One time, I completed 10 pushups every minute on the minute for 30 minutes for a total of 300 reps. Another time, I completed 500 pushups in one hour.  Both are decent accomplishments for a middle-aged man but aren’t in the same league as the golden benchmark of 100 consecutive reps in a single set.

Restless, I suppose, and trying to figure out what last Friday’s workout would be, I decided to include a pushup test to see how many reps I could perform in a single set.   The following is a quick video of my effort.

So, there you have it Pierini Fitness sports fans, last Friday’s Pierini Fitness pushup test.

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Anonymous said...

When you were on the other forum 15 years ago did you do push-ups on your fists? For some reason I associate fist push-ups with you.

Pierini Fitness said...

Yup, that was me. Used to do them on my knuckles because I then trained in karate, something I no longer due. Good memory. Thanks for visiting Pierini Fitness, come back often and enjoy your day.