I am now on week 10 of the 6 week program ‘One Hundred Push Ups’. I finally feel like I can say I have accomplished pretty much what I set out to achieve: I have done 100 consecutive push ups (or press ups, as I call them – like I’m a button or something) on no less than three occasions.
So here are my hot-tips for anyone else wanting to take the pain.
22 Tips for 100 push ups
- Press ups are hard bloody work. By the end of a good session, you will be sweating buckets. The floor below you will be damp. Which is nice. Maybe have a towel close to hand, certainly in the latter weeks.
- Give yourself a good reason for doing this stupid regime. Mine was to be able to show off in the pub.
- Get yourself an ups buddy. Otherwise the first few weeks will seem pretty stupid and pointless: ‘I did 10 press ups!’ isn’t going to impress anyone else.
- Press ups make your legs wobbly. You also might not be able to move your arms much.
- After a hard session, do not expect your arms to respond when you want to get up. You will have to roll onto your back, bring your knees up and then roll onto your side so you have some leverage. This is normal.
- Don’t try carrying anything immediately after a heavy session. You will drop it.
- For this reason, don’t drink from a glass. But do drink (water).
- Eat an egg soon after for muscle-loving protein.
- Try not to strain your neck – it hurts. Looking forwards, as opposed to downwards seems to help. However, it is a fact (I reckon anyway) that contorting your face into stupid grimaces and making ridiculous noises DOES make that last set of 10 easier.
- Eventually you will stop making grunting noises that make people think you’re watching porn.
- Feel good about it. Feel really good about it. Make a spreadsheet or something, tick things off.
- Make sure you have access to the regime at all times. You don’t want to miss a day just because you don’t know how many you should be doing. No excuses.
- Don’t fuss over what time of day to do them: it’s going to hurt like fuck anyway. It’s supposed to.
- You can do it through (non-ups related) aches and pains. 6 hours of cricket and trampball on the Sunday and I went for a hard session on the Monday. Just get on with it. No excuses.
- You can do it through illness (although probably not serious illness – seek medical advice, blah blah blah.) I did it with a nasty chill. Yeah, sure I was sweating like a fat man in a sauna, but it was worth it for the achievement.
- But don’t beat yourself up about it. It is better to enjoy it and finish it than to make yourself miserable and fail. If you fail at one level, just repeat it the next week.
- Or change the regime. I failed twice on Week 6 Level 2 and couldn’t face doing it a third time so I just switched to Week 6 Level 3 – much harder. To get through it I increased the length of time between reps and just about got there. The next week I did my first hundred. Mess around with the regime to suit you, but make sure you stick by the goals you set.
- The ‘6 weeks’ claim is just a target. It took me until Day 1 of Week 9 to get to 100 consecutive press ups. Just keep going.
- Don’t stop when you get to a hundred. Just keep going.
- Invest in new shirts for your new arms.
- Just do it.
- When you’ve done your hundred, start on the ‘Two Hundred Sit-Ups’ regime 🙂