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Being pushy again

Push-ups or press-ups? I’d call them press-ups, but overall I think I’m in a massive minority worldwide. Let’s call them push-ups for now and not fret too much over the old potato-potato argument. 

Why are we talking push-ups? Many years ago I became aware of the hundred push-ups challenge, a program spanning six weeks that builds you up to completing one hundred push-ups in one go. For whatever reason, my brain decided to remember that fact this week and I’ve been reminding myself of what’s involved to get there. 

The hundredpushups.com website shows the steps and how the weeks break down. First, get your current level of push-up-ness through the initial test: do as many as you can before you collapse in a heap. I managed about twenty-five, but then re-read the instructions and they’re supposed to be “good form” push-ups. After watching a youtube video on how to do a push-up properly, I need to go back and do this again. Apparently you’re supposed to get reasonably near the floor, not just hover about in the top position and wobble up and down a bit. 

Over the course of six weeks the program takes you through three workouts a week, with five sets of push-ups, incrementally increasing over time. There’s a second exhaustion test halfway through where you can check on your progress and see how you’re improving, or not. The beauty of how the program works is that if you find it’s getting too tough then you can just repeat a week to build up strength and confidence.

This looks like a great challenge to take on and a good method to get to the hundred push-up goal. So the question is: has anyone completed this challenge before and if so, was it worth it? And secondly – does anyone want to join me in this challenge and see if we can do it together? If you’re in, first push-up workout is on Monday!

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    1. Brilliant! Good to have you on board too. I love the “doing six things outside your comfort zone” you’ve kicked off on your blog. Bit scary, bit fun, great idea. Looking forward to checking in how things are going through the 100PU challenge (as well as the other five discomforts too!)

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