What I Learned from a Year of One-Hand Pushup Training

I can do one-hand pushups!

Given my lanky ectomorph body, this fact almost always surprises people!

Yet it’s true. I spent almost a year studying, dieting, testing, and training my body so that it can finally be able to do the targeted feat. To be able to do one-hand pushups was one of my yearly goals that I set last year, which I set because I wanted to learn how I can better take care my body.

It took me around eight months. Muscles cracked. Joints snapped. I started from normal pushups, to varied forms of it, to core workouts, then I started dieting, and then slowly I focused my efforts on pushups that isolate the stress to just one arm.

Pursuing goals without sharing them is difficult, thus I also asked a friend to by my accountability partner. I shared my goal, I set deadlines, I made training schedules, and I designed consequences. Luckily my friend was more than willing to participate.

The experience taught me a lot of things. From the human body. To diet. To discipline and consistency. To motivation. To mindset. Yet the most valuable thing that I got out of it isn’t one of them.

The most valuable lesson that I got out of it is this:

The mind gives up twice as times earlier than the body does.

I think I read this out of a book, or a workout magazine, or a blog. I’m not sure anymore. But I was eager to test out that theory.

When I was in pain, I cheered myself.

When I felt lazy, I pushed myself to just do it.

When I feel like my body can’t endure it, I just recited that the mind gives up twice as times earlier than the body does.

And then I discovered, my body indeed can take more than what my mind suggests.

The mind gives up twice as times earlier than the body does.

And this knowledge continues to allow me to push myself just a little bit harder.

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