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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Tyrannosaur » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:22 pm UTC

1676 + 25 + 25 = 1726
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Magnanimous » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:33 am UTC

1726 + 80 = 1806

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Jumble » Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:58 pm UTC

1806 + 50 = 1856
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby SlyReaper » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:16 am UTC

1856 + 46 = 1902
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Magnanimous » Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:25 am UTC

1902 + 100 = 2002

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Jumble » Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:34 am UTC

2002 + 50 (Sat) + 50 (Sun) + 50 (today) = 2152

2152 + 200 (Tue - Fri)= 2352

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Pseudoboss » Sat Feb 05, 2011 1:03 am UTC

2352+5=2357
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Jumble » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:32 am UTC

Right, where was I....

2357 + (9 days since I last posted * 50 = 450) = 2807
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Sruixan » Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:31 pm UTC

2807 + 25 = 2832
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Magnanimous » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:22 pm UTC

2832 + 100 = 2932

I need to get back into a regular routine...

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby KrazyerKate » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:15 pm UTC

2932 + 150 = 3082

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Jumble » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:12 pm UTC

3082 + 200 (@ 50/day) = 3282
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Magnanimous » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:46 pm UTC

3282 + 51 = 3333

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby iamevn » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:18 am UTC

3333 + 20 = 3353

wow how did I get so out of shape? it's only been... 3...4 months since soccer

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Magnanimous » Sat Feb 26, 2011 3:41 am UTC

3353 + 50 = 3403

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby MatteoTom » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:16 am UTC

3403 + 10 = 3413

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Paranoid__Android » Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:26 pm UTC

just did 40,
3253
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Jumble » Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:36 pm UTC

3253 + (7 * 50) = 3603

OK, I missed a day or 2. So sue me - I was on holiday.
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby The Tuxedo Rabbit » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:10 pm UTC

Wooooooo.

I love this thread idea.

0 + 50 = 50

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby KrazyerKate » Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:40 pm UTC

The Tuxedo Rabbit wrote:Wooooooo.

I love this thread idea.

0 + 50 = 50


Jumble wrote:3253 + (7 * 50) = 3603


are you guys changing the rules on me? why are we starting over? weren't we on 6000 a few pages ago?

Anyway...
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Samik » Wed May 25, 2011 10:10 pm UTC

Oh man. I think this will push me over the edge to try something I've been thinking about:
Gonna try to do 20 sets of 50 tomorrow, throughout the day, for an even 1,000.

We'll see if I even get close; I'm not anywhere near my peak - I'll probably wear down a lot more than I expect as the day goes on.


That's a set of 50 every 45 minutes, if I give myself 15 hours to get it done.


Whatever happens, I promise I'll make them all textbook, so at least the final number is meaningful, even if it falls far short.


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EDIT: As a warmup today, I did four sets of 50 at half hour intervals. Based on the rate at which I wore down, I think this is not going to be very fun at all. I apologize for double posting, but I'm going to make one more post after this to display the rules I am following for this challenge, and as a tracker for my progress throughout the day. Don't add my exploits from that post to the thread total until I finish or declare defeat!

(PS: 200 today brings thread total to 4,253
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Samik » Thu May 26, 2011 1:01 am UTC

1,000 pushups in a day challenge:

The Rules:

To prevent me from exploiting rests - i.e. just doing a bunch of 10 pushups sets, with nice break times in between - I will adhere to the following rules:

1.) No more than one set per half hour. A set ends when knees touch the ground, back dips, butt rises, stomach rests on the ground, or any other break from good form occurs. Resting in the upright position is fine as long as form is maintained.

2.) My most recent set is the largest set I am allowed to do from there forward. Meaning, if I start at 50, and do that 5 times, but on set #6 only get to 40 before my from breaks, from now on, I can never do more than 40 per set again. (Combined with rule #1, this ensures I must keep doing them in large chunks, or else I will quickly reach a point where I can no longer finish in the allotted time.)

3.) Based on how my warm ups today felt (did four sets of 50, a half hour apart), my original goal of 15 hours may be beyond my ability. I will consider a day to be a 24 hours period. I'll restrict myself from sleeping, so essentially, the trial period goes from whenever I wake up, to whenever I go to sleep, provided that time period does not exceed 24 hours. (I'll tentatively shoot for 18 hours.)

Format:
Set#.) Time Started :: Time Elapsed :: Count
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby A_pathetic_lizardmnan » Thu May 26, 2011 8:50 pm UTC

+50
I'm in worse shape than I thought. I may try to do a set or two more later today.

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby KrazyerKate » Thu May 26, 2011 9:06 pm UTC

I just wanted to let you guys know that this thread got me into a new workout routine. I started doing about 100 pushups a day (10 at a time over a couple hours) for a month or two, and then added 100 crunches alongside the pushups. Something in my left shoulder popped the other day, so I think that pushups are too strenuous on one set of muscles to do without working on others as well, so I'm looking around for other ways to work different parts of the arms and upper chest (I tried doing pullups the other day and realized I can't lift myself more than once or twice). Any ideas would be awesome.

Samik wrote:1,000 pushups in a day challenge:

(EDIT: Putting this off for one day)

lol

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Samik » Thu May 26, 2011 10:56 pm UTC

KrazyerKate wrote:Something in my left shoulder popped the other day,

Very possibly this is just a tendon tightening up. If it gets sorer and sorer, and noticably "pops" every time you lift your arm a certain way, then you have the same problem I do (my tendons - as in, all of them - tighten up at the drop of a hat if I don't stretch them out thoroughly).

If that is what it is, the answer is as simple as getting a good stretch in before and afterwards. Try resting it for a bit and stretching, then when you start up again, continue with your stretches. If it's a tendon issue, you'll be fine.


Also, pullups are great. Even if you can only do one or two, that's fine. Try going up, then going down slowly. Or flexed arm hangs. Or, best of all, if you're going to a gym, use one of the assisted machines to lower your weight a bit so you can do more reps.

The same effect can also be achieved by having a friend grab your ankles and provide some support. This is obviously less convenient, but the friend can also manually vary the amount of support they're providing, so you can just keep going and really burn yourself out completely if you want.

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Samik wrote:1,000 pushups in a day challenge:

(EDIT: Putting this off for one day)

lol

Hey, tomorrow is the day, come hell or high water. If I try to come in and put it off again, then you can laugh at me til you're blue in the face.


EDIT: Also, 50 from A_pathetic_lizardmnan, plus 50 for me today = 4,353.

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Samik » Fri May 27, 2011 10:43 am UTC

Ok. 1,000 pushups in a day challege, for real this time:

Rules being followed listed here.




27 May 2011

1.) 0630 :: 1m03s :: 50
- Not only does my alarm not go off, so I'm off to a late start, but I can already tell I'm not fully recovered from the 200 I did two days ago. And I'm supposed to do a thousand today? This is not going to be fun...
2.) 0710 :: 59s :: 50
3.) 0750 :: 59s :: 50
4.) 0825 :: 1m12s :: 50
- Okay, that was harder than numbers 150-200 two days ago, and with more break time in between. Not a good sign. Also, these breaks are flying by :(
5.) 0900 :: 1m16s :: 50
6.) 0940 :: 1m31s :: 50
- That's probably the last time ×I make it to 50.
7.) 1020 :: 1m52s :: 50
- These breaks feel like they're about 5 minutes long. This freaking sucks...
8.) 1100 :: 1m32s :: 45
- And the downhill roll begins.
9.) 1145 :: 1m23s :: 40
10.) 1230 :: 1m31s :: 40
11.) 1315 :: 1m26s :: 40
- 515 done. Well, that was the easy half.
12.) 1400 :: 1m55s :: 40
- Aaand, that'll be the last at forty. No question about it this time.
13.) 1445 :: ??? :: 35 (Apparently didn't start stopwatch.)
14.) 1530 :: ??? :: 35 (Did it again... :/)
- Arms wearing unevenly - right arm is shot, so left arm is having to compensate, and I've got to put all my weight on it every time I pause. Back is beginning to be a real factor as well. Sadly, we may be approaching the end here. We'll see.
15.) 1615 :: 1m25s :: 35
- That set was, strangely, more manageable than the last few. If it wasn't for Rule#2, I would have gone to 40. Shrug. Maybe not doomed after all.
16.) 1700 :: 1m30s :: 35
- This has ceased to be rewarding in any way. What the frak am I doing?
17.) 1745 :: 1m16s :: 35
18.) 1825 :: 55s :: 30
19.) 1900 :: 58s :: 30
20.) 1930 :: 58s :: 30
- Ok, if I can keep this up (30 every half hour), I can finish in 16hrs, give or take. Just outside my original goal of 15 hours.
21.) 2000 :: 1m :: 30
22.) 2030 :: 1m04s :: 30
23.) 2100 :: 1m07s :: 30
- In the home stretch. Barring catastrophic structural failure, I'm about ready to declare victory. Sets of 30 at 30 min intervals seems to be pretty sustainable. I suppose I could have done that from the beginning, but that would have been .... well, easier.
24.) 2130 :: 1m08s :: 30
25.) 2200 :: 1m15s :: 30
26.) 2230 :: 1m05s :: 30
_____________________
Total: 1000

...Shall I keep going? Yeah... I think I'm going to go sleep for 14 hours instead. I think my arms may be okay tomorrow, but I don't know if my back will allow me to stand up come morning.





Also:
4,353 + 1,000 = 5,353

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Samik » Sat May 28, 2011 12:02 pm UTC

Samik wrote:I think my arms may be okay tomorrow

And how very wrong I was...

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Fullcircle » Tue May 31, 2011 9:53 pm UTC

Oh, yeah? 1000 Pushups? Psh. Anyone can do that. I'm so badass, check out my... er... 40.
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5,353 +40 = 5,393

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Mishrak » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:37 pm UTC

+15

Yeah.

5393+15=5408

Also, this is a freaking awesome push-up program. When I first did it, I went from barely being able to do 10 in one set to doing 60 in a single set in about two weeks. I'm not a gym/weight lifting kind of person, so that was a pretty nice accomplishment. Warning though: the program is fairly insane.

Evil Russian Hit the Deck
http://forums.menshealth.com/eve/forums ... /612106525

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So, without access to a gym for a few weeks, I've been doing this push-up routine, called "The Evil Russian’s 'hit the deck' Program." The author promises some big results in just 14 days. Who knows. I will keep you posted.

Here's what the workout looks like. I'll post it - it's a bit long so be prepared. Interesting reading though. I've got a few questions so scroll down to the bottom, after reading it, and respond to them, if you get a moment.

Here we go:



Before the bench press was a twinkle in some early powerlifter's eye, the push up was the true measure of a person. A hundred separated the men from the boys; the women from the girls. Still does. How will you rate?

Pretty good if you follow my program.

All right, so you're not planning to join the marines- your loss, their gain- so why should you bother giving me a hundred? Because, if you train the right way, this push-up drill will fill out your pecs, delts & tri's faster than a jarhead recruit can clean a latrine with his toothbrush.

Where heavy resistance training builds the contractile proteins, high-volume, low intensity loading, such as push-ups, kick other wheels of the muscles machinery into growth. The volume of sacroplasm goes up. Mitochondria, the muscle cells' energy plants, get buff. Capillaries spread their tentacles throughout the muscle.

Even though capillaries make up but a fraction of a muscle's girth they serve a VIP function in bulking your myofibrils, or "real muscle", when you get back to heavy training. Here's how it works:

A 1995 British study by Schott et al., concluded that greater exposure of muscle cells to various metabolites, or "muscle engine exhaust fumes", leads to greater gains in strength & mass. It has been suggested by some experts that the more extensive a muscle's vascularity, the more the muscle will be soaked in intra-muscular metabolites & growth factors, & the more it will grow.

At least up to a point. According to Soviet research (Zalesskiy & Burkhanov, 1981), vascular network development generally can not keep up with muscle growth. So if you want to keep on growing beyond the easy first gains, you must find a way of developing your vascular network.

This is where super high reps come in. In 1986, Luthi et al., discovered that heavy training has no effect on capillarization. In 1984, Tesch et al., added that Olympic weightlifters & other athletes who favour low-rep training with long rest periods display capillary density that is even lower than that of untrained subjects! The same year, Sjoogard stated that enhanced capillarization is the result of endurance training. (Could explain why your legs gain mass so much easier than your arms?)



The evil Russian’s “hit the deck” program


WEEK 1

Mon: 100% test, relative intensity (RI) 30% Set frequency (SF) 60 min
Tues: RI 50% SF 60 min
Wed: RI 60% SF 45 min
Thurs: RI 25% SF 60 min
Fri: RI 45% SF 30 min
Sat: RI 40% SF 60 min
Sun: RI 20% SF 90 min

WEEK 2

Mon: 100% test RI 35% SF 45min
Tues: RI 55% SF 20 min
Wed: RI 30% SF 15 min
Thurs: RI 65% SF 60min
Fri: RI 35% SF 45 min
Sat: RI 45% SF 60 min
Sun: RI 25% SF120 min

WEEK 3

Mon: 100% test


The program outlined in the chart above is self-explanatory. Just drop & give me a specified percentage of your last personal best at given time intervals throughout the day. For instance, if you managed 50 push-ups on your test, do 25 on the day that calls for 50% relative intensity. On Mondays, test yourself for one set & do east sets for the rest of the day. You are going to love the constant pump!

Time the breaks between your sets, but you do not have a fit if you missed your date with the concrete here & there. Make it up if you can; do not sweat it if you cannot. Do your sets from the time you get up until an hour before you go to bed. Naturally, most comrades with a real job will have a couple of gaps in their day when they cannot drop & pump out push-ups. Do not worry about it; just gets back on schedule when the boss looks the other way.

Note that you are only supposed to go to the limit once a week. High rep sets to exhaustion are a lot more dangerous than they look. Tension in the stabilising muscles is inadequate to protect the joints & the connective tissues; the latter really get it in the shorts. So do not mess with the outline; stay well within your ability except on test days! Do not worry, you’ll make great gains without collapsing on the last rep, dripping in sweat & making macho faces.

The prescribes regimen requires that you say no to any other upper-body work with the exception of pull-ups or chin-ups. Either of these military favourites will hit the muscles missed by the push-ups & balance out your deltoids.

A word on push-ups for reasons other than getting buff or becoming one of the few good men. Push-ups are no good for strength unless you can merely manage a couple. The time-honoured push-up, however, is useful for developing shoulder endurance for sports such as boxing.

Proper push-up technique

Whether you’re training for the boxing ring or the bodybuilding stage, proper push-up technique will amplify your gains.

Place the weight near the base of your palms rather than closer to your fingers. If the traditional technique hurts your wrists, you have a couple of options. The yuppie choice is a set of push-up handles. The heroic alternative is to do your push-ups the karate way, on your knuckles. The proper martial arts knuckle push-up calls for resting your weight only on two knuckles of each fist. You will find this technique will strengthen your wrists in a hurry. No your forearms won’t look any better, but your bench will go up because your noodle-thin wrists will stop screaming for mercy & wraps.

Keep you butt tucked under; this will make your push-ups look crisp & protect your back from sagging & hurting.

Do not constrict your chest, keep it wide open. The range of motion will be slightly reduced, the pecs will be pre-stretched for more power, & you are less likely to hurt your shoulders that way.

Also, look straight ahead rather than down. Tension in the neck extensor muscles facilitates a stronger contraction of the elbow extensors.

High-Tension Push-Up Techniques

First, grip the ground with your fingertips. Do not attempt fingertip push-ups; just imagine you are trying to leave claw marks on the ground

Second, clench your glutes hard & flex your abs.

Third, squeeze your thighs tight together.

Fourth, “screw your hands into the floor”.

Fifth, hold your breath on exertion.

Do all of the above during the actual rep, at lockout relax as mush as possible. Take a few breaths before the next rep. The above techniques are only to be applied during your test sets! Or for very difficult low-rep exercises.

The Push-Up Rules of Engagement

ï‚· never come to close to failure, except when testing your max
ï‚· vary the reps and the rest periods between the sets daily
ï‚· adjust the load to your recovery ability
ï‚· build up cumulative fatigue
ï‚· taper down before a peak

Keep you push-up cycles short & sweet. According to a 1990 study by Russian scientists Nikityuk & Samoylo, repetition lifting of a submaximal weight promotes sarcoplasmic hypertrophy while breaking don the contractile proteins, the “real muscle”. So, in other words, that’s not good. Which is why you are going to alternate two-week periods of push-ups with two weeks of your regular upper-body weight training routine. This rotation schedule, made popular in Russia, is superior to doing everything at once, e.g., doing your push-ups, followed by your benching, followed by your triceps push-downs.

There you have it, Comrade, your complete guide to push-up excellence. Put it to work & fill out your shirt before the month is up!



QUESTIONS: So, I've been doing this program for three days now. Let me tell you, it's hard to remember to hit the floor every 45-60 minutes. That being said, I'm doing alright.

My first question is about tempo. The article says nothing about this. Should I be doing my push-ups at full speed? Or slow on the descent, fast on the ascent? Or just medium speed all the way through?

My second question is about hand grip. I've been doing just a normal shoulder-lenth push-up grip. Should I be changing this up? Is it a good idea to do triangle-grips and wide-grips, as well?

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Mishrak » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:33 pm UTC

5408+15 = 5423

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Mishrak » Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:18 pm UTC

5423 + 15 = 5438

Do some more pushups people!

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby ElCarl » Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:33 pm UTC

5438+115=5553

I'm going to try that crazy russian thing, so thought I'd revive this thread ;)
Current max 25, in the middle of first day right now.

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Mishrak » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:07 pm UTC

Yeah! Go for it ElCarl. It's nuts but it's awesome.

5553+20 = 5573

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby ElCarl » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:27 pm UTC

5573+156=5729

Tomorrow's gonna be hard... 15 every 45 minutes. And I'm terrible at pushups :P
That's gonna be nearly 300 overall tomorrow.
Bring it on! :D

Just worked it out - first week is 1,024 pushups for me :P
Assuming 12 hours per day.

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby ElCarl » Wed Aug 10, 2011 12:48 pm UTC

5729+75=5804

Hmm. These sets of 15 feel easier than I remember the first 15 of my 100% being... :)
We'll see over the rest of the day :P

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby Mishrak » Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:31 pm UTC

Really, I don't think the first week is that nasty. It's hard but it's still very doable. The days that were really hard for me, and I actually couldn't keep it, was the 30% every 15 minutes and the 55% every 20 minutes.

Oh yeah, 5804+20 = 5824.

The one thing I always had to guess at was whether I was actually getting stronger or if it was just that my pain tolerance was increasing. :twisted:

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby ElCarl » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:03 pm UTC

Yeah, so far it's been fine and today is the hardest or second hardest day of the first week.

5824+151=5975

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby ElCarl » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:08 am UTC

5975+7=5982

Today is a rest day, more or less; only 100 total :P
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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby cjquines » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:55 am UTC

5982+1=5983
I felt... lazy.

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Re: 10,000 pushups

Postby ElCarl » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:04 am UTC

5983+17=6000

Yaay, 6,000! :)


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