100 Push-ups (and 50 Pull-ups): Week 1

After stumbing upon the aptly named Hundredpushups.com, and deeming the ability to knock out one hundred push-ups a worthy one, I decided to give the program a try.

There is some information as to why push-ups are good, how one should do them properly, etc. But I skipped all that and started with the mandatory max push up test. After managing 45 high-quality push-ups (FYI crappy ones don't count), I moved on to the next part of the program.

My 45 push-ups put me at "Rank 4" which means that I start at "Week 3" of the program. This isn't the last max push-up test that I will do, as re-testing determines whether or not I progress to the next week. Failure to reach a sufficient number of reps means that I might have to hang out at any given week for a while, but this doesn't mean that I will have to do the same workouts over again. Each week is broken down (again by your max number of push-ups) into three categories, so there is variety within the week itself.

I jotted down the three weekly workouts in my planner (it is recommended that I take a few days off after the max push up test), so I will provide an update on my failure/success next week. And, to add some impetus/accountability to my actions, the goal of 100 push-ups is scheduled to be reached by October 28th.

BTW, there is also a Fiftypullups.com program that I'll be following it in conjunction with hundredpushups.com. Since its protocol of testing, re-testing, week assignments, etc. is similar to hundredpushups.com and, in the interest of preserving your...interest, all I'm going to say is that I am got 15 quality pull-ups during the initial test and should be able to knock out 50 by December 12th.

(Note: If you want a great list of push-up variations, check out 113 Killer Push Up Variations and Exercises on ManvsWeight.com!)
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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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