As with everything I do, I always try to make adjustments to do better than what I’ve done in the past. Today I thought I’d try to tweak my workout routine a little bit. I have been rotating reps between sit-ups and push ups, because I figured I could go straight from one to the other without resting in between. I thought that would be a good workout (less rest), but today I decided to do all sit-ups then push ups, with 20-30 seconds of rest in between. While I was doing this, I realized it probably took me 20-30 seconds to switch from the push-up position to the sit up position, so I wasn’t losing any time.
What I did find out, though, was that working the same muscle after the short break was much, much harder than rotating between the two. I ended up doing the sit-up routine as I was supposed to, but the push ups were a different story. I was supposed to do the following (according to my schedule) for push ups:
20, 25, 15, 15, 25
Instead, I did this:
20, 18, 9, 10, 10
I was so worn out, even on the second set. So I’ve determined that I’m going to switch to doing this, as it feels much better afterward. I’m going to have to go back a few weeks with the push ups, but I also think I could do better if I do those before the sit-ups. My full workout was this:
Running: 1.5 miles in 11:45
Sit-ups: 15, 15, 20, 20, 15, 15, 15, 38
Push ups: 20, 18, 9, 10, 10
The moral of the story? If you’ve been alternating between workouts, I’d recommend just taking a very short rest then going back to it. You get worn out much quicker and do less overall, but I felt that it made a difference in the quality of the workout. The key is to keep going, even after you feel you can’t anymore.