June 25th, 2008


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jimbojones
02:09 pm - the hundred pushup challenge
I read in lisa's journal that she had begun something called The One Hundred Push-Up Challenge that claimed that with no more than 20 minutes or so of exercise three days a week, after six weeks anyone could do 100 consecutive pushups.

I am, to be honest, deeply skeptical of the program - 100 consecutive drill-instructor-perfect (back ramrod straight, eyes looking dead ahead not down, chest touches the deck when in the "down" position) pushups is a serious goal - but I figured, what the hell. Worst-case scenario, after six weeks I've done a shitload of pushups. What's to lose?

Initial test: 43 pushups. Day 1: 10 - 10 - 8 - 6 - 23. Day 2: 12 - 12 - 10 - 10 - 29.

I'll stay updated with this semi-frequently. What do you guys think - 100 consecutive DI-perfect pushups after six weeks? Will it happen?


 

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[User Picture] From: perich
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 06:21 pm
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The website makes no mention that the push-ups be Marine Corps caliber. I don't believe I've ever done a push-up where my chest touches the ground.

Don't know what this says for or against the program; just commenting.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 06:30 pm
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I wondered about that myself - it DOES say, repeatedly, "perfect form" push-ups, but it never actually specifies what it considers "perfect form" to be.

As far as I'm concerned, "perfect form" means exactly what I described. We'll see.


 
[User Picture] From: electricia
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 06:23 pm
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As a person who can't do ONE pushup and has never been able to in her entire life, I too am skeptical of this claim. :)

I think you can do it, however.


 
[User Picture] From: electricia
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 06:24 pm
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I should mention that in my version of a pushup, my chest always touches the ground. Because I pretty much just lay there. :)


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 06:31 pm
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When I was discussing this with my girlf last night, I pointed out that it would be easier for her since she didn't need to go anywhere NEAR as low in the "down" position to touch her chest to the ground. :)


 
[User Picture] From: lisa
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 06:42 pm
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I'm pretty sure I'm not doing "perfect" marine-core style push-ups but I am TRYING to.

Also I looked at the week six plan, and it seems like the 100 push-ups are with breaks along the way? At least for those of us in the puny muscles section.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 06:46 pm
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You don't do 100 consecutive pushups on week six; you do 100 consecutive pushups as your "final exam" AFTER week 6 is complete.


 
[User Picture] From: lisa
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 06:48 pm
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OH! Well now I'm even more skeptical ;)
But hey, maybe week two is a plateau week....


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 06:50 pm
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Well, you can definitely get from 10 consecutives to 50 or 60 consecutives after six weeks - boot camp makes that EMINENTLY clear. =) But yeah, we'll just have to see about the 100; I'll be there right behind you one way or the other!


 
[User Picture] From: billyfleetwood
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 07:10 pm
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I'm doing this too, although I haven't been keeping track of my numbers...I'm gonna start writing them down.

I don't think military grade push-ups are really necessary, but it's nice to have a standard to go by. When I played football, I always started the season unable to do 10 pushups and finished the season able to however many kept me from getting yelled at. Maybe 50 consecutive (in full gear), but the following year I was always back where I started, because basketball never required pushups and baseball barely required exercise.


 
[User Picture] From: lauracroft
Date: June 25th, 2008 - 10:41 pm
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Who cares? By then your arms will be niiiiice! ;-)


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 26th, 2008 - 02:25 pm
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Janis says they're niiiiiiiice now. =)


 
[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: June 26th, 2008 - 07:04 am
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My money's on 100 push-ups that your gym teacher in high school would be satisfied with.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: June 26th, 2008 - 02:26 pm
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My "gym teacher" in high school was a Marine Corps DI (I was in JROTC), so that doesn't really change things any. =)


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