7/14/2008 9:11am, #1
Have you guys seen the program? http://hundredpushups.com/ My friend lured me into doing it. I'm doing the first one of week two tomorrow. My level is the toughest one of those three, since even I'm capable of doing over 10 push ups. I've decided I'm going to go through with the program, mostly because I like the challenge.
What I'm asking is do you think this program is realistic? Going from 10/10/8/6/max (at least 10 which was pretty damn low, but I got only 15. Got excuses, but that's what they are) with 60s rests in week one to 56/46/42/40/max (at least 56) in six weeks?
It says you should repeat the previous week if you feel you can't cope with the new weeks exercises. This is nice, but sounds like even the anonymous creator of this program is a bit skeptical about it. Actually it isn't even the site owner's program but something he saw in the net a long time ago. And he had to double-take the 5th week too.
Anyway, what do you think about it?Curiosity killed the cat. But damn it had a blast.
7/14/2008 12:51pm, #2
Sounds cool just to keep you committed I'll do the program with you. I will take the test and then report progress every Monday-wed.-fri. I have always wanted to be able to do 100 push-ups in a row. My initial count may be a little higher than yours, but I work out at the gym at least three times a week,so this will still be tough.
7/14/2008 1:01pm, #3
Im a level at 29 pushups.
I will do it too.
7/14/2008 1:01pm, #4
Test score =47 push ups. I am 37 yrs old.
7/14/2008 1:04pm, #5Originally Posted by oldman34
7/14/2008 1:05pm, #6
This actually sounds like fun. I'm gonna give it a shot.
Judo tonight, but I will report tommorow.
7/14/2008 1:06pm, #7Originally Posted by hoodedmonk
7/14/2008 1:10pm, #8
Day 1 complete! I will post again on wed.
7/14/2008 1:12pm, #9Originally Posted by oldman34
7/14/2008 1:22pm, #10
On the upside, it's very, very simple, and fairly low-risk. Obviously, if you feel any pain, discomfort, or clicking/grinding from your joints, you should discontinue it immediately.
The downside is that the author, perhaps in an attempt to keep things very, very simple, or perhaps out of a lack of knowledge, did not provide any justification for his program. No rationale is given for the workout's structure or for the various numbers chosen for volume, sets, reps, and rest periods. Is this workout periodized? Maybe, or maybe he picked random numbers. Has he put any thought into avoiding wear on the elbow and shoulder joints and tendons from working the same movement to failure three times a week for 6+ weeks? We don't know because he didn't say.
I don't mean to be harsh to the guy who did it up, or to say that it definitely won't work, but progressive resistance is not enough, by itself, to make for a good program. If it were, this would be my NYT best-selling workout book:
HOW TO BENCH ONE THOUSAND POUNDS, by TheRuss
Step 1: Start with an empty barbell.
Step 2: Add one pound of weight.
Step 3: Perform one full repetition of bench press with good form.
Step 4: Rest until tomorrow.
Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 nine hundred and ninety-nine times.
Step 6: Celebrate!
For at least one reason this is unlikely to work, look into the repeated bout effect.
Now, all that said, as long as you don't try to "tough it out" through a potential injury, you shouldn't suffer any ill effects from this routine, and it may show some benefits as well. But if you get into a situation where you've repeated the same week two or three times, it might be time to move onto something a bit more involved.