The Power Of A Pushup, My Story.

Last week, I posted an excerpt of a blog post by Martin Rooney, one of my favourite coaches in the world. I was contemplating whether I should write my very own story about the humble push up and decided to go ahead with it because I figured it will definitely inspire people who have been/are still in my predicament.

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The proper pushup. Chest to the floor, Elbows tucked in.

For some people, this bodyweight exercise is too easy (mainly because they don’t know the 10,832 variations of this exercise), thus they would rather do other exercises that work the ‘Push’ muscles. (Chest, Shoulders, Triceps) Fortunately, life wasn’t so easy for me. I was short, weak and fat through out my primary and lower secondary school days. I did not care much about my physical fitness because there was no need for it until I joined a CCA in secondary school called National Cadet Corps (NCC). The most apt way to describe it is that it’s a tease of what’s about to come for all Males in Singapore, called National Service (NS).

Not many people will believe what I am about to confess. I could not do a single push up until I was 17 years old. My Sergeants in NCC picked on me until I cried. (Yes, I was a crybaby) They were relentless. It was so bad until I decided that I needed to do something. At that point of time, I just wanted to prove to them that I can do pushups and I was not weak. More importantly, I wanted to prove to myself that I am able to change myself and be able to do something I put my mind into.

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It’s never too late.

I decided to head to a nearby neighbourhood gym with an iron-will, not with fancy supplements. I did not know what I was doing in the gym to be honest. I just utilised every machine in sight. I was awed at how strong some people were in the gym. They were able to do pullups and pushups with consummate ease. I decided to do some research to maximise my efforts in the gym and I remember vividly the first website I visited was bodybuilding.com. That website had tons of great articles for starters and before I knew it, I was informally inducted into The Irongame. There was another influential website that vastly shaped my perspective on exercises and it was none other than stronglifts.com. It was the only website I visited for a good few months to learn the basics of the irongame.

Fast forward a few months of training and I felt that I was literally a different person. I had new-found confidence and belief in myself. I could do 10 to 15 pushups and kept on practicing this exercise as much as possible. As the famous saying goes, practice makes perfect.

“Through physical training I have been afforded opportunities that would not have been possible without the strength and confidence I have developed. With physical strength comes ability.  And with ability comes confidence.  And with confidence comes the courage to take on challenges.  I am so passionate about fitness because I know that being fit means far more than having a low body fat or strong muscles.  Being fit will help you lead a more productive life.” – Martin Rooney

This is my story. I hope it inspires you to pursue your goals in life.

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