100 Push Up Challenge :: Join Me And Win

by derek on July 17, 2008 · 58 comments

While my day was wasting away at the office, one of my good friends sent me an email about a site that was getting a lot of attention from an article on digg (via lifehacker) called one hundred push ups.
About a month ago I remember seeing this site and thinking that it sounded like a cool idea but never pursued things much further than that. My buddy, Ryan, said he was going to try the program, so naturally he challenged me to do it as well for a little friendly competition.
For quite a few years, Ryan and I were lifting weights together but recently our schedules became an excuse and we stopped lifting. The program we were following had the sole purpose of improving our one-rep max bench press, which is one of the ultimate testosterone, chest-thumping, male exercises that you will find. Since I clearly dominated that friendly competition, moving well above 300 pounds for my one-rep max, this is Ryan’s shot at redemption.

100 Push Up Challenge

One Hundred Push Ups is a site dedicated to providing a progressive push up training program that will have you doing 100 consecutive push ups in just six weeks, no matter how many you can do today.
The program requires participants to exercise three days per week for a total of roughly 30 minutes. Each day you will perform four sets of push ups with the number of repetitions gradually decreasing for each set. Then you will perform a fifth set that is a “max” set, meaning you do as many as you can until your arms turn into noodles and you collapse on the floor. Each week the number of push ups gradually increases, with an exhaustion test required after Week 2, Week 4 and Week 5 until the final test after Week 6.
Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Before you begin the program, it is recommended that you obtain clearance from your doctor (yeah right, we’re guys, so this step will be skipped…but don’t blame me if you skip this step and drop dead during the program) and then take an initial push ups test. This initial test is used to measure your current fitness level and determine where you will start in the program.
For the record, I have taken the initial test and recorded 27 push ups with good form. This was much lower than I was expecting and is a rude realization of how far I have slipped since Ryan and I stopped lifting weights. Ryan has also performed the initial test and recorded 29 push ups although I am sure his form was less than perfect!

Join The Challenge And Win

That’s right – it is time for another contest. Since I wanted to encourage as many of you to join me as possible, I figured that I would have to sweeten the pot a little more than just simply asking. So I am going to offer up a prize that includes $25 cash and a few random t-shirts – you know, because your old shirts will have ripped with your new rippling muscles.
Obviously I will have no way of proving that you are actually participating in the challenge, although requiring a video clip of you doing push ups in order to enter could be entertaining.
How Do I Enter?
To enter the contest you need to pledge that you will participate in the program for the next six weeks and write a post about it on your blog, linking back to this contest post using whatever anchor text you see fit.
You’ll want to be sure to send a trackback to this post or leave a comment with the link to your post so I know that you entered. For those of you that don’t have a blog, well…sorry, I guess this contest isn’t for you. Maybe you can convince a friend, or a completely random blogger, to let you post about it on their blog.
When Is The Deadline?
Normally I would only run a contest like this for one or two weeks. However, this contest will run for the duration of the one hundred push ups program, which is six weeks long. That would put us right near the end of August, so the contest will officially close at 11:59pm CST on August 31, 2008.
How Will You Decide Who Wins?
The winner of the contest will be selected at random using the Random Integer Generator, similar to how I have selected blog contest winners in the past.
The prizes will be shipped anywhere in the world and the cash prize will be in US dollars, which could be a bummer depending on where you live, paid preferably via PayPal. The winner will have seven days to respond with their contact information, otherwise an alternate winner will be selected.
Who Is In?
So…who wants to get strong and have a chance at winning some cool schwag?

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Ling@Uptake July 17, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Neat contest, but I’m afraid I haven’t exercised in a very long time. But if you add a coupla zeros to that cash prize, I might think about getting up off the couch.. πŸ™‚

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Lora July 18, 2008 at 3:36 am

Hey, I want to win πŸ™‚
So I read your article-but its not clear, what I can definitevly win?
It would be nice, if you can answer me!

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derek July 18, 2008 at 8:08 am

You can definitively win $25 and a currently undetermined number (probably around three) of t-shirts. With conferences I have attended and shirts received since I started blogging, I’ve got a handful that I will never wear – so I will pick a few and send them to the winner.

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Mikel July 18, 2008 at 3:52 am

I’m interested! Unfortunately, I am not a US resident. I’d love to join competitions of this sort.
Best of luck to the winner! πŸ™‚

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derek July 18, 2008 at 8:10 am

Just to clarify, you do not have to be a US resident to enter the contest. I’ll ship the prize wherever the winner happens to reside.

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FYI@FYI for women (Incontinence) July 18, 2008 at 6:12 am

I may be up for the challenge. I’ve heard of the 100 pushup challenge but didn’t really get into all of teh details. i’ll check it out and see if it’s something that I can get in to.
Great entry!

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Larry @ Commercial Lighting July 18, 2008 at 6:54 am

I’m in for sure

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Charlie on PA Tpk July 18, 2008 at 7:30 am

I am definitely interested… my intial test is 25, even though I study Tae Kwon Do. This program will give me more inspiration (read: nag) to do better.
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Sue July 18, 2008 at 9:06 am

Its great that you ship the prizes wherever we live.
I come from Germany and I will take part here-and I would be very glad if I can win something :-))

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Nicole Price July 18, 2008 at 9:28 am

This is an unfair competition. You must handicap us women!
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Ryan July 18, 2008 at 9:44 am

I’m not sure what is more embarassing… the fact that I could only do 29 pushups, or the fact that I’m already feeling the soreness.
Oh well, at least 29 > 27 πŸ™‚

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Andrea July 18, 2008 at 10:09 am

I have heard of this contest before from a forum i visit frequently. so read the details and i was seriously interested in doing it. So i did the initial test to see how many i can do…well…I can do well over 100 as it is w/o trying. So i never pursued doing the challenge.
ah well….

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bob @ ipod repair July 18, 2008 at 10:53 am

Sounds like a challenge… I like it!

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Daniel July 18, 2008 at 11:01 am

Shoooooooooot, count me in!

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Daniel July 18, 2008 at 11:18 am

BTW – “Get Moving!” is my workout/fitness blog.

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mdmhvonpa July 18, 2008 at 11:16 am

You’re ON!

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Ninja Trader Guy @ Trading Penny Stocks Online July 18, 2008 at 11:17 am

This is wild, man…I just started a program of doing 100 push-ups a day for two weeks…I’ve already completed week 1 and am in the middle of week 2. I’ve been doing them a little different, though…just 4 sets of 25, not on any kind of sliding scale or anything. This is a good idea…looks like it will “shock” your body into building stronger muscles.

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Justin@Airsoft Guns July 18, 2008 at 11:23 am

I don’t think I will enter in to this contest, but I will still participate in the 100 push up challenge. I bet by the end of the six week training program I’ll be very strong, which is always a good thing.

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Steve July 18, 2008 at 11:55 am

Nice blog, man!!! I liked that!
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Maya Tutorials July 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Count me in!

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Nick@romandock dot com July 19, 2008 at 12:39 am

I’m considering it….
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pauletet July 19, 2008 at 9:01 pm

This sounds pretty interesting:) Goodluck to the participants!

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Stephen July 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Kelly beat me by 20 push ups. She did 35 in a row. That means I only did 15 πŸ™
She saw the challenge on my feed reader and is making me do it so I guess I’m in too now πŸ˜›
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Eva White July 21, 2008 at 10:26 pm

I don’t think I’m into this. Its about 90 pushups too many where I’m concerned.
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Steve@Free iPods July 24, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Would love to give it a go, will have to have a word with the doctor first though, I had a disc removed in October and am not sure how my back will fare.

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PMG July 27, 2008 at 2:44 am

Good luck to you Derek and to everyone else participating in the challenge as well. Been reading up on the challenge so I think I’m going to give it a go after my upcoming vacation. Keep up the good work!

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Maria@Stockton Real Estate July 28, 2008 at 4:39 am

When is competition going to end.

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derek July 28, 2008 at 9:26 am

The competition is running until the end of August.

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Jay July 30, 2008 at 9:50 am

I’m very interested to see how this works. Having done push-ups every night for the last couple of years, I can manage 100, but I think I would still have trouble with some of the sets that the propose for later weeks. Just doing six sets of 10 regular and 10 wide push-ups is enough to wear me out… I don’t know if four sets of 40 or so is really feasible. Anyway, I hope you continue to update us on how it’s going!

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derek July 30, 2008 at 10:18 am

I’ll have an update each Thursday until the end of the program, so stay tuned for the next update tomorrow. πŸ˜‰

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Paul July 31, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Cool man, I was looking at your blog and saw this post. I started this about two weeks ago..how’s it going for you?

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derek July 31, 2008 at 3:15 pm

So far it is going really well, tonight is my last workout for the 2nd week and will be posting a recap of how things went.
But I feel great so far and have already made gains on my max.

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Steve@Free iPods July 31, 2008 at 4:26 pm

You’ll be doing them with one arm soon then?

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Fun Husband August 29, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I am in the third week of the challenge. I started on August 10th. It is getting tougher and tougher. I will finish, but it probably take more than six weeks.
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Tommy September 5, 2008 at 4:49 pm

for those of you interested in this 100 push ups challenge, you might also be interested in the 100 push-ups in 100 seconds challenge: http://www.parttimepersonaltrainer.com/2008/09/05/100-push-ups-in-100-seconds-challenge/
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Kevin@Rushmore Casino Review September 8, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Thanks for posting about the 100 push ups site. Even though your contest is over, I’m still going to take the challenge!

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Jean@Muscle Building June 23, 2009 at 3:18 am

Love doing push ups. A major exercise which has made me less skinny and getting lean muscle mass. In peak form, I will do 150 push ups in 5 sets of 30 reps with minimal rest in between.

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Amy@Penny Stocks October 4, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Managed to get my actual name right this time. πŸ˜€
I did this about two years ago in the summer of 2007. When I started out I couldn’t do six pushups in a row. I kept through the routine for about two months, at which point I could get to about 56 pushups nonstop at a time.
It’s a good routine, hardest on Monday when you move up to the next levels, and easing off every second day through the week.
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James McLain November 23, 2009 at 7:44 am

This contest is liable to take you from skinny to muscled in a pretty short period of time I think! At least in the arms and chest department …
Push ups are such a great exercise though, this is an awesome idea πŸ™‚
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Urban Clothing February 4, 2010 at 7:55 am

Wow that’s some challenge especially for someone as unfit as me πŸ™

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Embroidery Punching April 20, 2010 at 1:34 am

I totally agree with urban clothing! I can’t even do ten push ups!!!!!! lol!!

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Skinny Guys Gain Muscle February 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm

This is a really cool idea a competition will keep people motivated and make it fun while they improve their fitness. I’m keen to participate.

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Miles @ Hardgainer Workouts September 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Love the idea bro! I am all about some pushups!

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David @ build lean muscle December 20, 2011 at 12:56 am

What a great idea. I love it, and so simple.
Push ups aren’t easy, so it’s a great thing for people to do.
I will take a look at that site, see if I can fit it in with my current training schedule, and give it a go.
I actually do a few push ups with my hands on the bars on weights that are on the floor, and my feet raised up. They’re tough, so if you’re doing anything like that, you’ll be cranking out 100 in no time! Good luck man!

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