I started doing “flip over” pushups in 2012. They were part of an 8 minute exercise program I found in YouTube that involved a variety of lower and upper body movements. There were just 10 “flip over” pushups in that program but I loved the movement so much that for whatever reason I decided to see how many I could get to.
I started doing the flip over pushups one to two times a week. Each time I would get a little further.
After a couple of months I got up to around 115 and told one of my friends about it. He didn’t believe me. He told me the next time I did it to record it on video. His doubtful comments made me feel free great about getting to 115. But my goal at the time was 150 and so I kept my mouth shut. Later I would get to 150, record the accomplishment and keep it to myself.
When you shouldn’t listen to your friend’s advice:
That “friend” was someone who would regularly motivate me to do just the opposite of whatever he said. We each had young daughters. His daughter was a little older than mine and it made him feel the “expert” in parenting. He told me to stop the idea of traveling with our daughter, pick a spot and stay there. Shortly thereafter we would start an 18 month around the world tour that had us traveling through and living in 18 countries. I’m so happy to think back about all the great moments we had while traveling and experiencing new places. And am very grateful I didn’t listen to my friend’s advice.
Getting back to the “flip over” pushups I eventually got up to 264 and recorded that session from the rooftop of a building we were living in Buenos Aires. That video was made in 2013. Over the next two years I would keep furthering my top # and eventually I got to 400 consecutive flip over pushups! I still can’t believe I got to that number and even thinking back it seems a little unreal.
Then I hit a wall. When we hit Asia in 2016 we stayed in a bunch of places where doing the exercises was just about impossible. And my progress crashed. The biggest problem was just getting overheated though I didn’t figure that out right away. Adrenaline kicks in after around 150 and I can normally keep going a lot longer, as long as I can keep from burning up inside and out. When I get past a couple of hundred my body feels like it is on fire. To keep going I need lot’s of cold air blowing across my body.
Our travels have at least temporarily stopped. And now that we’ve been in the same spot for a bit I’ve got the house where we’re living now well setup to do the exercises. After not doing any pushups for months it was a struggle just getting back to 200. But I’ve pushed myself and today I managed to get up to 325. I’m still 75 short of my all time best. And my bigger goal is to get to 500. But it feels great because I’m back on track and getting to where I want to be again fast.
It takes me nearly an hour to do the pushups without a break. When I got to 400 before it actually took more than an hours time.
Aside from staying cool with AC and strong ventilation, a few other things I do to help me get through it are:
- Watching YouTube motivation videos during the workout
- Take one or two Guarana caffeine supplements prior to the workout. Each pill is comparable to a single cup of coffee
- Drink a full glass of cold water to help me stay cool internally
Now that I’ve got a method dialed in, I can comfortably say I’ll soon be getting up to 400 again and maybe even 500 one day. The body can physically adapt to extremes. It’s just a matter of mentally allowing yourself to accept that you can do it. And stay cool 🙂