Updated: Mr & Mrs Do 100 Pushups!

My motivation in the working out department is lacking. I get bored when there is no variety and thrive when someone or something is telling me what to do, when to do it and for how long. Towards the end of the year I felt I needed some new gimmick or workout to breathe some life into my routine, which was rapidly getting boring. I remembered hearing about the 100 Pushups app years ago, and decided to give it shot. It has turned out to be the perfect match for my need of variety and of being told what to do.

100 Pushups works like this. The first time you open the app you are prompted to simply do as many pushups as you can in one go. I did 6. From there they curate a program for you that will work you up to 100 pushups at the end of six weeks. I was skeptical, to say the least, that I would be able to go from 6 push ups to 100 in only six weeks. In fact I stated to Rob before we started that if I only got to 50 push ups, I would be happy. But now almost 5 weeks in, I am confident that I will make it to 100.

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Before you become too impressed with my muscles, I should clarify that the goal isn’t to do 100 pushups without stopping. It’s to be able to do five sets of about 20 reps each, with at least a minute of rest between each set. Until I reach that point, the reps and rest times vary in each set depending on where I am in the program. My first session was 2,2,3,2,4 with a 90 second rest period in between each set. My most recent session was 53 pushups with 90 seconds rest between sets. Rob went from 13 pushups the first day, to 91 at the end of last week.

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I’ll be honest, it hasn’t gotten easier. We both had to repeat a session last week because the jump from the session before proved to be too big for us and we couldn’t do the amount they wanted us to do. It was discouraging. But repeating that particular session helped us both get stronger and we were able to do it the second time around. Now we are back on track and eager to reach 100 pushups in a week or two!

Update: Since Rob and I both hit the 100 pushup mark almost 6 months ago, we haven't been too good about keeping it up. I do about 10 or 15 at a time and still find it hard. We have had a busy few months but as we get back into our regular work out routines, I am hoping to start the habit of doing pushups again. I don't think I need to work back up to 100, but I am going to try to work back up to 40 or 50 in one work out session.