Have you ever been able to do 100 push ups in a row? I didn’t think so. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could? What if I told you there was a simple 15-minute program that could take you from lump to push up master?
A friend of mine went from being able to do just a few (maybe none) to 100 in a row on her toes in just a few weeks. She said the secret was the free program at www.hundredpushups.com.
I looked over the schedule at hundredpushups.com and was impressed. It meets you at whatever level of fitness you have and builds you up from there. If you can’t even do one push up it has other exercises you can do until you can. From there it tests you and puts you into a specific track for training.
So far I’ve found it to be just about a perfect balance. When you finish you don’t feel injured but later that day your muscles feel worked. I’ve read and been told that optimal exercise wears you out but doesn’t break you down. It is tricky to balance an optimal work out against one that is damaging but if you can strike that balance your body is supposed to respond the quickest.
Because you are focusing on only one exercise, it would be easy for anyone to fit this program into any schedule because an entire day’s workout can’t take more than 15 minutes. Admittedly I’m starting in better shape than the average person who might undertake this program, but so far I’ve found that I don’t even really breathe that hard and have yet to break a sweat doing it. My point is that I think just about anyone that has the desire can successfully follow this program.
They have a rudimentary program to track and share progress on the site but I have not been able to get it to work for two people on the same computer so I’m just tracking our results on a spreadsheet. They have a smart phone app but I don’t have a smart phone so I can’t speak to that.
I mentioned on Facebook that we were starting the program and invited anyone interested to join us. Several people have taken up the challenge and we tested this past weekend and started on Monday (1/9/12). If you are interested in tracking your progress and want the subtle accountability and inspiration of publishing your results online, please feel free to use the comments section below for that purpose.
When you finish this program, start mixing in some of the other programs. They have plans for squats, dips, pull ups and more.
Do something good for your body!