something different about the number 100? I think so. The number
100 seems more complete than say 89 or 94, dont you think?
of the times the number 100 takes on an aura of the mythical and
magical is when talking about push ups. The ability to do 100
push ups sets you apart from the crowd. People just look at
you different when they find out you can do 100 push ups straight.
struggle to perform even 1 push with proper form. So, the road
from 1 to 100 seems long indeed. But if you share in the goal
of performing 100 push ups with perfect form, it is possible.
The First Time I Did 100 Push Ups
time I did 100 push ups, straight, I couldn't have been more than
10 years old. At the time, I already had been wrestling for years,
and considered myself to be strong for my age. It was off-season,
and to stay busy, my parents signed me up for Karate Class.
two of the Black Belt instructors were testing themselves, seeing
who could do more push ups. I was in awe of these guys, and their
abilities, so naturally I was watching intently.
I think one
guy did about 50 and the other about 60 (well shy of the 100
push ups of legend), but still impressive.
saw me standing there gawking, they invited me to join in the
contest. I had never tested my push ups ability before, even though
I regularly performed push ups and other bodyweight exercises.
So I dropped
into the push up position and began. When I hit about 75 I glanced
up at their stunned faces. When I hit 100 push ups they stopped
me. "They didn't want me to hurt myself."
the first time I did 100 push ups straight. And I still remember
the look on their faces. Being able to do 100 push ups earned
me their respect.
YOU Can Work Up To 100 Push Ups
Can I still
do 100 push ups? Sure, but it takes some work. Im not a
lean, mean, 10 year-old wrestler any more.
tell you how you can work up to 100 push ups, I want to clarify
my stance on high-repetition exercises. I don't recommend doing
high reps of bodyweight exercises regularly. I believe this could
lead to poor form and overuse injuries. The most push ups I do
at one time in my training is 25. I increase the overall number
by doing more sets. This is why I set (MRPS) Max Reps Per Set
in Workout Without Weights for all bodyweight exercises.
And as youll
soon see, splitting up your reps is the formula for reaching the
100 push ups straight mark.
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thing you need to do to reach 100 push ups straight, is to be
able to do 100 push ups.
Sounds cryptic, I know. But it will make sense in a second.
say you can only do 1 push up with proper form. To do 100 push
ups you would have to do 1 push up every 5 minutes for a little
over 8 hours. So, wake up and do 1 push up every 5 minutes until
you reach 100.
Now all you
have to do is reduce the rest periods between push ups until there
are no rest periods. Simple, right?
some guidelines to work up to 100 push ups:
* 10 push
ups every hour for 10 hours
* 20 push ups every hour for 5 hours
long? I agree, who wants to be doing push ups all-day long.
o 5 push
ups every minute for 20 minutes
o 10 push ups every minute for 10 minutes
o 20 push ups every minute for 5 minutes
out the needed amount of push ups, rest for the balance of the
minute and continue until you reach 100.
work up to striking distance, give 100 push ups a try!
by breaking your push up sessions into sets, you can increase
the overall number of push ups up to the famous 100 push up range.
When you can perform 100 push ups over time, all you have to do
is decrease the rest between set until you are doing 1 big set
of 100 push ups.
I admit there
is some magnetic attraction to being able to do 100 push ups.
But I would argue you should increase the volume of overall push
ups by doing more sets of a smaller number of repetitions.
o 5 sets
of 25 repetitions = 125 overall reps
o 10 sets of 15 repetitions = 150 overall reps
o 20 sets of 10 repetitions = 200 overall reps
You get the
is this. The push up is one of the most effective bodyweight exercises
for upper body strength and endurance. It also strengthens the
core muscles and uses EVERY muscle in the body for proper completion.
It should be a part of EVERYONES overall physical training
And if you
do work up to being able to do 100 push ups straight, youll
join a small, exclusive group worthy of legend!
Eddie Lomax is the Founder of the Optimum Fitness Network
and best-selling author of various fitness eBooks. His bodyweight
calisthenics eBook, Workout Without Weights has helped
thousands reach their full fitness, fat loss and physique goals
without costly equipment or expensive gym memberships.
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