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The 100 Push up Challenge

Ipushups‘ve set a new goal for myself: 100 consecutive push ups. The 100 push up challenge is something I’ve heard about a lot, but have never committed to it. Now that I’m in the middle of my project to lift one million pounds in one month, I’m performing more movements than ever. This gives me the chance to work on more goals than ever. Without physical goals, I’m not myself. I lift weights and perform strength training more or less constantly. If I’m not asleep or eating, I’m probably trying to get stronger. Strength means different things to different people, but to me it simply means progress. Whatever I’m doing from day to day, I want to do more than the last time I performed the same movement. That can mean I do more weight, more reps in a set, more total volume, or more in less time. These are my goals across any exercise I perform, and I get a lot of variety because not all movements test well at all times.

Here is how I am going about the challenge: I only do push ups when they test well, according to the biofeedback range of motion tests from Gym Movement. This could mean that I’m only doing push ups every seven days, or that I’m doing them twice a day. It changes. What matters is that I do things right when it is time to do push ups. I will go about increasing the volume in this movement just like I do with all of my lifts: avoiding effort and making things look easy.

I’m not going to take a high-volume approach. I will simply do one or maybe two long sets (for me) each time the movement tests well. I will stop doing push ups the second that a rep feels harder than the one before it. That will be it for the day, unless I decide to perform one additional set under the same parameters.

I think this will work. I’ve never had a very easy time with pushups, but I said the same thing about deadlifting before I started with biofeedback. The more easy movements I do, the more easy movements I can do the next time. I think pushups will work exactly the same.

So that’s the goal: 100 in a row, but my hypothesis is that I can increase that number while doing far fewer push-ups than most programs I look at are prescribing. I’ll still be working with my kettlebells and barbells, of course, but the things that test well never seem to be detrimental to other goals.

We’ll see. Anyone want to join in the 100 pushup challenge?


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  • Boris November 6, 2010, 10:00 am

    Why not? I’m doing push-ups once or twice a week anyway.

    I did 96 or 97 once… ONCE.

  • frank November 6, 2010, 12:45 pm

    That’s a nice goal. I was never able to do 100 push ups. Josh, on say goblet squats do you count your body weight on those too. I am going to do the million pound challenge, but I am fighting a cold right now. I will keep you posted.

  • Shane Hudson November 9, 2010, 1:14 pm

    I always thought I could never do more than 10 at once. I started the 100 push ups (http://hundredpushups.com/) during the summer and although I have not been able to stick to doing it every other day, I have been going once or twice a week and doing the same week (loosely) a few times.

    Last week I surpised myself by doing 5 sets of 20 fairly easy.

    So yesterday I tried 30 in one set and did it, but felt dead after! Haha. I did the same today but for some reason, although I can do 5 sets of 20, I cannot do 2 sets of 30!

    One day I may reach 100, but to be honest… I am impressed that I can do more than 5! Haha

    • Josh Hanagarne November 10, 2010, 2:08 pm

      All progress is worth celebrating. I’d never worry until you got stuck at 5 pushups for a year;)

  • Steve Townsend June 29, 2011, 7:33 pm

    Hey Josh, been a while since you posted this but I’ve just seen it now. Nice article, did you ever make the 100? I am currently running an 8 week push-up challenge on my site. Check it out and get involved.. http://www.weightshifters.com/workouts-2/8-week-pushup-challenge-initial-test/

    • Josh Hanagarne June 29, 2011, 7:48 pm

      Hi Steve, I’m currently knocking out sets in the mid 50s without much effort. That has been my main priority. Keeping the trend moving up and to the right without feeling like I’m working any harder. Thanks for the link, I’ll come take a look.

      • Steve Townsend June 30, 2011, 8:49 am

        That’s great to hear Josh! Good to get a response with someone with a decent site. Hopefully hear from you soon! Will bookmark your site!