100 push-ups/200 sit-ups (Read 5881 times)


The Irreverent Reverand

    Has anyone tried the 100 push-up or 200 sit-up challenges? Do these plans make any sense? Are they worth while?

     

    I have no fitness equipment, and want to add some simple core strength training to my routine following my marathon later this month.

     

    Thanks.

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    HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

      Yes, we had a forum for some of us doing the 100 pushup challenge, a couple years ago. The forum owner eventually deleted it, after we all petered out. 100 pushups turns out to be pretty tough, at least for most of us, especially when you try to do them retaining good form. I got close, but didn't accomplish 100 with decent form.

      It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.

        Yea AP lead that group of lunatics, I think I got to be able to do 85 at once. Trying to get to that high a number was daunting, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with getting into pushups, situps, and lately for me, pullups. It's all good core building stuff.

         

         

         


        an amazing likeness

          Didn't we have to do this as part of the "President's Physical Fitness Test" that all 6th grade kids had to complete?  Maybe it wasn't 100 push-ups, but it was definitely 100 sit-ups and maybe 100 push-ups (?), and a 600-yard run in 2 minutes.  40 years later I can still remember everyone walking around the next day hunched over with sore abs (which of course meant everyone was slugging everyone in the gut...).  Do they even still do this? 

           

          mta:  When I was in shoulder & arm rehab, after my rotator cuff started to recover some muscle, they had me doing push-ups on a stability board (skiers will know this as a bongo board) -- which is a board on top of a roller (looks like ---O--- ), so you have to stabilize the board will doing the push-up.  Very hard. I can do 20 - 30 normal push-ups, and maybe 5 on the bongo board.  Do this if you want to become a push-up monster.

          Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless


          HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

            ... walking around the next day ...slugging everyone in the gut...

             

            ... Do this if you want to become a push-up monster.

             

            (Streamlined version)

            It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.

            MrH


              Has anyone tried the 100 push-up or 200 sit-up challenges? Do these plans make any sense? Are they worth while?

               

              I have no fitness equipment, and want to add some simple core strength training to my routine following my marathon later this month.

               

              Thanks.

               

              Core strength doing body weight exercises makes huge sense for runners. But picking high numbers like these for a specific exercise is a stunt. Plus, the programs look like they progress rather quickly and I wouldn't be surprised if the risk of injury was significant.

               

              You'd be better off doing, say, half a dozen different exercises with reasonable repetitions than just a couple with high numbers.

               

              Any of bridge, plank & side plank, superman, metronome ... single let squats, dead leg lifts, step downs etc might serve you better, and some push ups and sit ups too if you want.

              The process is the goal.

              Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call Destiny.

                I definitely want to now. I've incorporated 10/10(before) and 20/20(after) into my stretching routine. Maybe I can handle 100/200... some day.

                  I did both programs on and off for a couple of years as an add-on to my strength routine. They also have a 200 squat program that works in the same way, which I followed as well. The first time I did it I went from being able to do 2 pushups to being able to do 80 with good form, and then a second set of 20, so I'd say they work.

                   

                  The first weeks are easier, but after that they ramp up pretty quickly so I had to repeat the last weeks a few times before I got it. I was still pretty happy and surprised that I was able to do so many pushups in that amount of time. The sit-ups they recommend are more like crunches, to prevent back injury.

                   

                  Now I need more variety in my routine, like MrH recommended, but it's a good start.

                  If I had a dollar for every time I said that, I'd be making money in a very weird way. - Mitch Hedberg


                  A Dance with Monkeys

                    Nobody can do 100 pushups.


                    HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

                      Nobody can do 100 pushups.

                       

                      And certainly not in the timeframe of the 100 pushup challenge website.  The thing to do is to repeat weeks when needed (which may be virtually forever).

                      It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


                      an amazing likeness

                        (Streamlined version)

                         

                        Thanks. Nearly everything I write needs editing for clarity and focus.  Not in my mind, but in reality, yes.

                        Choosing my words carefully has never been my strength I've been known to be vague and often pointless

                          Didn't we have to do this as part of the "President's Physical Fitness Test" that all 6th grade kids had to complete?  Maybe it wasn't 100 push-ups, but it was definitely 100 sit-ups and maybe 100 push-ups (?), and a 600-yard run in 2 minutes.  40 years later I can still remember everyone walking around the next day hunched over with sore abs (which of course meant everyone was slugging everyone in the gut...).  Do they even still do this? 

                           

                           

                          My kid sister never had to, but I remember hating the President's Challenge. A few years ago they brought it back for adults, and a friend signed me up. They sent me a fridge magnet with the words PRESIDENTS CHALLENGE AWARD in huge letters, and at the bottom in tiny print, "participant."

                          If I had a dollar for every time I said that, I'd be making money in a very weird way. - Mitch Hedberg

                            Push ups are for wussys. Pullups (palm away) are much tougher and work alot of the upper body muscles(shoulders chest lats abs)  at once.

                            Newbs can use a step to start out at the top and work at slowing their decent. Then work on doing one or two at a time. In between little sets, you can hang and swing your legs which is a great way to loosen up for running. Hang one in a door jam. Costs about $20.

                             

                             

                             


                            Feeling the growl again

                              There was a time, the 100 push-up challenge would not have been a challenge and I gave up on pull-ups because I got bored after 40-50 or so.

                               

                              I was also benching 225 easily at 150lb weight.

                               

                              Heh.  Not today.  I avoid trying for fear of the small number I would end up with.  Pathetic.

                              "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                               

                                Any of bridge, plank & side plank, superman, metronome ... single let squats, dead leg lifts, step downs etc might serve you better, and some push ups and sit ups too if you want.

                                 

                                100 minute plank challenge??

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