Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The 100 Push Up Workout

Jeff the Bapist has been engaging in the 100 Push Up Workout -- a program aimed at moving a person to doing 100 consecutive push ups.

I liked the idea, so I adapted it for my own fitness routine. For three weeks, I've been doing push ups on chest/tricep day instead of dumbbell bench presses and dumbbell shoulder presses. Today, I did three sets of push ups: 40-25-11. On the twelfth rep of the final set, my arms gave out from under me. I've already experienced substantial improvement.

6 comments:

Stresspenguin said...

To help with my push-ups in the Army, I used to do a single strip set of 82 reps (max for the push-up test). I'd start on the machine at 300 lb, and work down one plate at a time. For a long time, I just pushed futilely against the higher weights, but within three months I could do five good reps at 300 lb and could shoot through 82 push ups in under 2 minutes.

At church camp last month, all the male counselors had a push up contest. At 31, I was the "old man" of the group; I soundly beat all those young whipper-snappers.

Jeff the Baptist said...

Wow you're blowing me out. I've had a lot of trouble with recovery time which is normal for starting a new exercise program, but still annoying.

John of the Dead said...

Hmm. 100? Wow. I do four sets of 50, interspersed with pull-ups and sit-ups. I've gradually increased that from four sets of 25 a couple of years ago. I'll have to give this a shot. It sounds fun.

the reverend mommy said...

I do 50 crunches, 50 reverse crunches and then 20 push-ups. Of course they are girly pushups, but hey, I'm a girl.

Then I do form #1, #2, #3 (the ping'an forms) then do 50 crunches, etc...

Until I feel like I am going to expire. Then I stop. Short of expiration.

Brett said...

I use Wii Fit. I can now do 25 sets of push ups. On each set, you have to do a regular push up, then lift your right arm in the air and point your hand towards the ceiling. You then repeat with your left. When I first started I could barely do 6 without my arms giving out.
I'm 35 and very out of shape. This is the best piece of exercise equipment ever invented.

Stresspenguin said...

I used to do T-push ups--quite like the way Brett described--as a finnisher for my upper body workouts.

The difference being, in a T-push up, you support yourself on two 5 lb. dumbbells. After each rep, you raise your arm up as if doing a bent-over dumbbell fly, while balancing on the other dumbbell. It's especially hard if the DBs are round and not hex shaped.

On a really good day I can get ten on each arm. Mostly, I'm lucky to get about half that.