Allright, I'll admit it sounds a bit lame or simply exaggerated to emphasize the point the article is trying to make (I think a lot of articles here do that).
I definitely don't want to lose the hard work / muscle. What I want to do is change something, because:
- I'm happy with my size/mass achievements so far (for now).
- I want to avoid getting bored and/or chore through my established routine without much passion, which always results in poor workouts for me.
I'll probably get back to a more mass-oriented routine at some point, but for now I have to change gears to keep myself motivated and interested.
Running has to stay, I love it too much and I strongly believe it's really good for my overall health and heart condition in the long run. Is it going to cause me to lose mass? I don't know, I hope not if I keep doing regular workouts 3-4 times a week? Is there a consensus that running and mass-building/keeping are mutually exclusive?
Pushups are a personal challenge of mine, I just want to do it to see that I can. Once I complete the program and hit the magical 100 I'll probably start doing something else.
I always sucked at pushups and although I looked and felt pretty athletic in high school/college I could never squeeze out more than 15-20. Reading and hearing all the time about how pushups are a great (if not the greatest) whole body exercise and how they are used to measure the overall fitness of a person (from a high school gym to the military) I decided to try and stop sucking at it.
I thought I'll start a FBW with 1-2 days rest between trainings, keeping sets heavy (in the 3-6 rep range), and running and doing some additional ab work on the days in between.
How does that sound?