Single women over 40: Do your pushups!

September 2nd, 2017

In my opinion, pushups are the single most effective exercise for improving total body fitness. They offer the benefits of weight lifting, stretching and cardio vascular training all in one exercise. For a beginner, pushups can be very difficult because of how many muscles are involved. Many of which are under trained in the body of a beginner. In fact, even many seasoned bench press veterans have trouble doing high-rep pushup workouts because their secondary and stabilizer muscles are untrained. Holding the proper form is a great exercise alone, without even performing any repetitions. The pushup form benefits the abdominal muscles in the same way that Arnold Presses benefit the biceps, by simultaneously flexing and stretching. When the lower back muscles contract to stabilize your form, your abdominal muscles are inadvertently stretched. The quadriceps is also relied on heavily to maintain proper form, giving your legs a decent secondary workout. The actual motion of a pushup trains the chest, triceps and the anterior deltoids, while stretching the biceps and back. Pushups are considered by many people to be the best all-around chest workout. I have found that they are great at increasing muscle size and tone. I have also found that they are easier on the joints than the bench press. Additionally, large pushup workouts are great for circulation and overall cardiovascular health. When performed in high-repetition workouts, pushups can increase human growth hormone, boosting overall muscle growth. This is the hidden benefit of pushups that many people never discover because they only perform pushups as a supplemental exercise, rather than as a primary chest workout. My article entitled, "Do Pushups to Build Muscle Mass and Boost Metabolism," details how to build up your strength and endurance to completing a 1000-pushup routine. If you plan to use pushups as a primary chest exercise, then I encourage you to perform a lot of sets and reps, and set a goal of completing between 500 and 1000 pushups. Pushups are much more challenging and painful than a standard bench press, but if you commit yourself to them, you can have amazing results.

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2010 NYC Marathon Application Available 11/2

October 21st, 2009

The 2010 ING New York City Marathon application will be available on November 2nd, 2009, the day after this year’s marathon. From the official NYC Marathon site:

By adding 12 weeks to the training schedule, NYRR hopes to attract runners from a wider spectrum of ability, from experienced runners to novices — even people who have never run a step.

At NYRR, our purpose is to grow the community and sport of running to promote health and wellness. Of course, the ING New York City Marathon will still be organized to attract the best in the world, the best in each age group, and experienced runners looking for a personal best. But now there’s more room — and more time — for everyone.

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In the News: NYRR Victim of Real Estate Scheme

October 15th, 2009

The New York Times reports that New York Road Runners was the victim of a real estate scheme in Harlem:

By May 2008, an independent developer agreed to buy Mr. Vargas’s share for $4.8 million, giving him a $1 million down payment.

Five months later, New York Road Runners, the nonprofit organizer of the New York City Marathon, signed a contract to buy the same 60 percent share for $8.5 million.

NYRR never completed the transaction:

The Road Runners never paid Mr. Vargas any money, prosecutors said, but put $1 million into an escrow account. The group also spent about $300,000 in fees for lawyers and other consultants related to the transaction, prosecutors said.

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NYC Marathon Bib and Start Assignments Available

October 6th, 2009

Runners can now log in to find out their bib number and wave assignment for the 2009 ING New York City Marathon. Start color can be determined with using this page.

Paula Radcliffe to Run 2009 NYC Marathon

September 30th, 2009

Paula Radcliffe will be attempting for her fourth win of the NYC Marathon this fall, the New York Times reports.

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In The News: Lance Armstrong Seeks Role in NYC Marathon

September 30th, 2009

Lance Armstrong in the 2006 NYC Marathon

The New York Times reports that cyclist Lance Armstrong has inquired about being a pace setter for Joan Benoit Samuelson during the 2009 ING New York City Marathon, as she did for him in 2006.  According to the article:

He has not trained for a full marathon, according to Mary Wittenberg, the chief executive and president of the New York Road Runners, the race’s organizer.

“We’re very happy to have Lance’s support,” Wittenberg said, but she added, “I’ll be surprised if he runs.”

“Lance had expressed interest through e-mails,” Wittenberg said. “But with a competitive athlete, you can’t pace unless you start the race. We gave him that option, which we are happy to extend. We don’t know if that’s of interest to him.”

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Abdi & Meb Enter 2009 NYC Marathon Field

September 29th, 2009

Universal Sports reports that the following American runners are entering the field for the 2009 ING New York City Marathon:

  • Abdi Abdirahman
  • Bolota Asmerom
  • Magdalena Lewy Boulet
  • Peter Gilmore
  • Meb Keflezighi
  • Jason Lehmkuhle
  • Jorge Torres

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More Elite Entrants for NYC Marathon Announced

September 24th, 2009

The following elite athletes have been announced as part of the field for the 2009 ING New York City Marathon:

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Tadese Tola and Paula Radcliffe win 2009 NYC Half Marathon

August 16th, 2009

Tadese Tola at 2009 NYC Half Marathon

Tadese Tola and Paula Radcliffe won the 2009 NYC Half Marathon this morning.  Full coverage will be available on and tonight at 11:35pm on ABC7.

Kastor, Kiplagat and Ndereba to Compete in NYC Half

July 15th, 2009

The Press Association reports that Deena Kastor, Lornah Kiplagat and Catherine Ndereba will be competing in next month’s NYC Half Marathon.  Rose Kosgei, the winner of the 2009 Mini 10K will also be running.

From Runner’s Web:

“It is always exciting to return to New York and race against a competitive field of women,” said Kastor through a statement. “The NYC Half-Marathon is renowned among elite athletes wishing to compete at this distance, and this year it will showcase another stellar field in which I’m anxious to compete.”

Running Roosevelt Island

July 14th, 2009

RUNemployed has written a great guide to running Roosevelt Island, if you’re looking for a new place in the city to run:

Roosevelt Island is that two mile long sliver of land, only 800 feet at its widest, that many of us have seen only while riding in a cab down the FDR Drive in Manhattan or while crossing the Queensboro Bridge. But with flat, paved paths running nearly the entire perimeter of the island, cool breezes off the river and almost no traffic, Roosevelt Island is a fantastic place to explore as a runner.