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Since joining the software team at work I’ve rapidly developed a perpetual burning soreness in the tops of my hands and forearms. I’ll go out on a sore limb and diagnose myself with inflammation. It’s generally unpleasant but mostly has me a bit worried. I wouldn’t be surprised if it eventually caused carpal tunnel.
Besides the usual reasons carpal tunnel wouldn’t be fun, I don’t ever want to have to stop playing the piano, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to subdue the inflammation without quitting my job.
Overcoming Hand Pain
I bought an ice pack conveniently designed to fit hands, but that mostly contacts my wrist and I don’t wear it often enough. I’ve decided to make yet another purchase, this time I’m more at risk of over-applying than under-applying.
Dynaflex Pro gyro exerciser
I bought a Dynaflex Pro for $20 at the sports store across the street. I’ve had one before, and loved it, but lost it. Not only am I excited to play with it and build up strength to thwart my inflammation, it came with educational packaging which is where I got the pictures to the right.
Staff Sergeant Ken explains and performs perfect normal-grip push up form for Army Physical Fitness Test.
Back must be straight, rigid line.
Feet together or up to 12 inches apart.
Hands are shoulder width apart, fingers spread forward.
Come down until upper arm breaks horizontal plane, elbows pass rib cage.
Feet together, squeeze rear, tighten core to keep back straight.
Head back and tilted slightly up.
Rest in downward-facing dog with slight knee bent, not in upward-facing dog.
If you’re prone to neck tightness and a knotted upper back, try keeping your head and neck extended as though being tugged forward by a string attached the the crown of your head. Your chin will be slightly down instead of up, but not so much as to compromise your breathing. You’ll be looking a couple feet in front of your hands or straight down at the floor. Make sure you push to full extension to stretch your upper back, and keep your rhomboids and erector spinae strong throughout the set.
100 Push Ups in Under 2 Minutes
I’ve left you all hanging for the past week because my best friends from home were all here in Santa Barbara and we’ve been having the time of our lives.
Diet was of no consideration, and even my day shake stopped making appearances after the first few days, replaced appropriately by beer, wine tastings, and the occasional shot of jalepeno-infused tequila. Pure gluttony and fast food binges took place of protein shakes and vegetables.
Perhaps the healthier substitutions were in the variety of fun physical activities that took place of my usually highly regimented work-out routines. In place of my regular running and gym and Yoga schedule I walked, hiked, swam, danced, played volleyball, paddle ball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, basketball, and even taught my first casual Yoga circle!
Luckily, Needless to say, we had the time of our lives. My heart and head are in a better place than ever, and strangely enough, I actually lost another inch on my waist. It will take me a few days to get back into my healthy routine, but it was well worth the divergence. In conclusion, I recommend always breaking your healthy restrictive habits to fully partake in the greatest week of your life the best people you’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Wake: 415 for good byes then slept until noon.
Workout 1 – Run, Push Ups and Pull Ups, Run
Ran 1.0 mile to deposit check at bank then to gym.
10 x circuit: 5 pullups, 10 pushups = total: 50 pull ups, 100 push ups
Ran 1.0 mile to buy running watch and new foam roller and home to get ID (back of my bank cards say “photo ID required” instead of my signature), then ran back to store and back home.
Workout 2 – Hike 2.5 miles – Inspiration Point, Part of
Hiked part of Inspiration Point in Crocs to watch Fourth Of July Fireworks.
RHR: 69 (high)
I took a Centrum Multivitamin for far too long. I knew I needed a Multivitamin with a higher absorption rate but didn’t know who to trust. After asking a few different doctors it seemed pretty clear that doctors are more enthusiastic about avoiding specific Multivitamins than they are about recommending specific Multivitamins. Continued research led me to a few more criteria for my new Multivitamin including iron-free (for men), vitamin A from beta carotene, and vegetarian. I was excited to find Country Life Daily Total One at my local Whole Foods. It satisfied all of my criteria was impressively affordable. I still take it whenever I have a day without my day shake.
Amazing day. Endless exercise and over-eating and drinking.
Must take tomorrow off.
Workout 1 – Barefoot Hike 3.5 miles – Inspiration Point
Workout 2 – Basketball 120 minutes
Pedometer: 35000 (new high)
Had a gig at LCL and danced briefly at Statemynt.
Pedometer: 16000 (high)
Sleep time and duration feel appropriate. I should probably consider that I’m an owl and forget 5am and do my workouts at night, but I’m not convinced yet. That said, last nights push ups went well and my run was wonderful and my legs and upper body feel fine except a persistent tight neck.
Must take tomorrow off.
Slept: 7 hrs
Workout 1 – Run 1.4 miles
1.4 miles slow, late night, strange, awkward steps as though jogging up Inspiration Point again.
Pedometer: 21000 (new high)
I’m committing to a goal of 100 Push Ups in under 2 minutes. That’s about 1 Push Up per second which means no breaks.
I’ll be using perfect normal grip push up form if possible.
I’m not setting an achieve-by date, partly because I don’t think I’ll need one because I’m motivated to find out how long it takes to achieve a goal like this, but mostly because I have no idea how long it should take and I don’t want to be forced into any unhealthy over-exertion.
I’m considering a few workout approaches that I’ll cycle through:
Type 1: Non-failure sets to maximize inter-set recovery rate and reduce overall time.
Type 2: Sets of 12-20 reps with 30 second inter-set rests to train lactic acid management.
Type 3: Full-failure sets for training mental focus through fatigue and to re-baseline my perception of my own physical limit.
Push Ups: 52 in 2 minutes not consecutive, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16, 16 = 164, shoulder workout
[Time trial for reference, not consecutive.]
It appears whatever I’ve been doing recently has not been working. I think the culprit is too much healthy variety including Yoga, but I also feel a bit of weakness in my right shoulder. I’m going to do a bit of cross training and rest this weekend to address the shoulder. Starting next week I’ll do push ups daily, 3 sets to failure, except on Yoga days. I’ve decided to train to failure because military websites recommend not pacing yourself during the push up challenge. This doesn’t mean it’s the best way to train, but I’d like to feel it out for a while.
Push Ups: 5, 57 in 2 minutes not consecutive, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12 = 146.
[Time trial for reference, not consecutive.]
Push Ups: 12, 12, 12, 10, 8, 12, 8, 12, 14 = 100 in 8 minutes.
Type 2 attempted: sets of 12.
Workout 2 – Pushups
Push Ups: 7, 8, 8, 8, 7, 6, 8, 7, 10, 5, 8, 6, 7, 5 = 100.
Type 1: Non-failure sets, minimal rest.
Good to be up before 7am. Should have fallen asleep a bit earlier.
Tissue around knees sore. But it was good to get them moving again and had a good hard maintenance workout yesterday.
I’m committing to a goal of 100 Push Ups in under 2 minutes.
Slept: 6.5 hrs
Workout 1 – 100 Push Ups in 8 minutes
Push Ups: 12, 12, 12, 10, 8, 12, 8, 12, 14 = 100
Workout 2 – Run 0.55mi (fast, low-seated heel-strike form)
Inspiration struck at 9:10, had to take it to the street. No idea why my legs feel so excited after my leg workout yesterday. Noted.