I’ve always had a strange body. When I was in high school, I could lift tremendous weights with my lower body, but could barely bench press the bar. As I’ve grown older, my lower body strength has declined somewhat, but it’s always remained greater than it ought to be. Meanwhile, I was still barely able to bench press the bar.
Because of this, I’ve never been very good at push-ups. In fact, I’ve always been terrible. On March 14th of this year, on a whim, I tried to see how many push-ups I could do. I did three, and those were marginal. Today, however, I tried again. I did 12, and they had pretty good form. In fact, I probably could have done more — I stopped more for mental reasons than anything.
This tells me that my upper-body weight lifting sessions are paying off.
But I want to be able to do more push-ups. I’d love to be able to one hundred push-ups. Tonight via chat, my buddy Nickel pointed me to a site that may help me achieve that goal.
One Hundred Pushups is a site with a single purpose: train anyone to do one hundred pushups in just six weeks:
If you’re serious about increasing your strength, follow this six week training program and you’ll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive push ups! Think there’s no way you could do this? I think you can! All you need is a good plan, plenty of discipline and about 30 minutes a week to achieve this goal!
The One Hundred Pushups program requires participants to exercise three days a week for six weeks. Each day you perform five sets of push-ups, with a 60-120 second rest between each set. The number of pushups increase gradually until the final week, during which there’s a taper period (sort of like in marathon training). Then, a few days after completing week six, you go for the gold: one hundred push-ups.
I’m going to start this program on Monday. If things go well, then on July 28th I will perform one hundred push-ups. It seems unfathomable.
This may seem trivial, but it would be an enormous mental (and physical) victory for me to be able to do one hundred pushups. It’s right up there with completing a marathon. And while I’m skeptical that this goal can be accomplished, I’m willing to give it a shot.
Anyone want to join me?