Taylor’s Journey Week 1 Part 2

Somewhere in the third set of modified push-ups, when I was struggling to push myself back up, I wondered if I’ll ever be able to do it.
Can I push myself enough in the next few months to be able to do 22 standard push-ups without collapsing? Will I be able to lower myself enough so they count? Can I?

I didn’t know. I felt like the question was adding to the weight on my shoulders, pushing down as I was trying to fight my way up.

My first training session with Tracy on Tuesday was good. It was mostly a “let’s see where you’re at, what you can do, and what we need to work on” exercise. Tomorrow, when I go back for round two – we’re planning to work together twice a week – it will be more physically demanding and intense. I’m looking forward to it.
I learned a few things on Tuesday:

1) I’ve been squatting wrong. My form wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t right, and Tracy was able to correct it. The movement became both easier and more difficult when she did, which I take as a good sign. I take my booty very seriously, so I don’t want to play around with poor squatting technique.

2) My right arm is stronger than my left. I mean, I always figured as much, but I never figured it would matter in push-ups. It does. It totally does. During my incredibly impressive set of standard push-ups (so, like, one), Tracy was able to see that I’m over compensating with my right arm in order to get my left side up. Now that she knows that, we’ll be able to work on building strength on the left side to help.

3) The sit-up form I have to do for the practice test is a little outdated, but the way Tracy is going to have me do them will more than allow me to bust out the necessary 31 in a minute and, for real, they’re easier to practice at home.
I wasn’t sore Wednesday after our workout, but I didn’t know that I would be since it was an introduction of sorts. I was able, however, to feel a tightness in my abdominals that I haven’t felt in a long, long time.

Somewhere in the third set of modified push-ups, when I was struggling to push myself back up, I wondered if I’ll ever be able to do it.

I think I can.

I’m really looking forward to Tracy kicking my butt tomorrow.

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