So now that we know what my starting point is, it is time to talk about where I’d like to end this little challenge of mine. Just for the purposes of having a finish line, I’m going to say that Labor Day will be the end of this challenge. That means I have a little over three months (98 days) to get my guns into shape. Sometime around September 5th, I’ll schedule another BOD POD assessment and we’ll see how far I’ve come in only 14 weeks.
Now that I’ve had some time to stew on my starting numbers, I think it is time to write out some goals. By Labor Day 2011, I would like to be able to:
1. Do one, regular “boy” pushup.
I know what you are probably thinking, “Uh, you can’t do ONE pushup?” And my answer is, “No! I can’t!” I have never been able to do a regular pushup. Regardless of how strong or fit someone might be, pushing up 223 pounds of bodyweight is not an easy task. Especially with the female gift of not much upper body strength. I am setting the bar low on this one. I really just want to be able to complete one pushup with perfect form. In my dreams I’d be able to whip out some awesome set of 15 or something, but for now, I’ll just be happy with the one perfect pushup.
2. Hold a modified plank for 3 minutes.
Right now, I can do about 30 seconds of strong, good form modified plank (as in, holding a plank while you are supported by your forearms, not your hands). I’d like to work up to 3 minutes by the end of summer. Lofty goal? Yes. But my core is in need of some serious strengthening.
3. Lose 5% body fat.
I’m not sure if this is a feasible goal for 3 months or not, but it sounds like a nice number, doesn’t it? 😛 It might be a little high, but I did some quick number crunching and this seems like it would be possible. It will be done by a combination of gaining muscle and losing fat. Honestly, I’m not very well-educated on what a realistic goal is when it comes to muscle gains. I know, losing 1-2 pounds a week of overall weight (lean and fat) is what is considered healthy. But the info out there for muscle gains seems to be extremely contradictory. This goal might change and adjust over the next three months.
And that’s it! I thought about including one that said something about losing inches, but I think that’ll come inherently with the #3.
Next up? The plan. Also known as: how in the heck I’m going to actually accomplish this.