About the 100 push-ups thing

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    Jul 25, 2008 2:46 PM GMT
    I've been reading a lot about this on the web lately, mostly in blogs: http://hundredpushups.com/

    Do people really think this is a good idea, especially for beginners who have not done any kind of exercise before? I think that a comprehensive fitness program (such as the 12 week programs offered by RJ) to strengthen the core would be much more productive and helpful than a gimmicky challenge like this.

    Anyway, It seems that most people get excited about it initially, but then fail horribly as they get into the program (which I imagine can only serve to defeat their self image):

    http://www.thedailyplate.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=20963&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
    http://www.livestrong.com/groups/group/the-one-hundred-push-up-program

    I agree with this blogger's comments about the challenge:

    http://xpuff.blogspot.com/2008/06/please-stop-it-with-100-pushups-thing.html...it's a very unbalanced training regimen. If you aren't throwing some rows, lat pull-downs, or pull-downs in there are on a regular basis you're setting yourself up for really buff chest and tricep muscles and little weakling back and bicep ones. While I think that's silly on an aesthetic level, apparently such imbalance also puts strain on your joints and can cause injury.

    Apparently there's a thousand push-ups challenge now too: http://www.1000pushups.com/
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    Jul 25, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    For people who don't go to the gym I think Push-ups are great. They do work the core, pecs, triceps and shoulders.
    Pull-ups, abs, and some leg work should be added though to get the rest of the body. Some aerobics and flexibility work is important too.

    But, I don't think the 100 Push-up program is such a bad thing.

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    Jul 25, 2008 8:55 PM GMT
    Calisthenics are out of fashion these days. They are a great workout builder however, and are extremely useful if you don't always have a gym handy.

    I don't see anything wrong with the idea, as long as it is not the only thing you are doing.
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    Jul 25, 2008 9:04 PM GMT
    I do push-ups as part of my routine but I have to say that aiming to do 100 is just boring and tedious. Like swimming lengths up and down a pool.

    It may put people off exercise altho I spose it's a cheap way of building muscle.
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    Jul 25, 2008 9:20 PM GMT
    That's rockin', I guess. Push ups are what got me into lifting weights in the first place, been doing them since 9th grade.

    That said, I wanna do 100 without the training program icon_twisted.gif

    I think 1000 push ups is ridiculous though....icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 25, 2008 10:54 PM GMT
    I am doing it with my trainer right now. ...I just did Week 4, Day 1, Column 3 today! ...I think it is great.

    Here are three threads I started on RJ:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/228920/

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/230981/

    Tips I have gotten from my trainer to increase the power of your arms while doing a push up:

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/233194/
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    Jul 26, 2008 1:48 AM GMT
    Funny that I just heard about this site this morning. Funnier that I heard about it on a podcast from a Catholic priest-- The Daily Breakfast.

    It's a good listen, and not too religious. Hey, the priest is from the Netherlands! How cool is that?
    http://sqpn.com/category/talkshows/daily-breakfast-with-fr-roderick/
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    Jul 26, 2008 1:54 AM GMT
    redheaded_dude saidFunny that I just heard about this site this morning.

    Just heard about this???? ...Why the hell do I bother to post here? ... icon_rolleyes.gif ... the only thing anybody sees are the LOLcats ... icon_evil.gif
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    Jul 26, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    yea... umm how about

    100 Pushups (Upper Body)
    100 Pullups (Back, Biceps) [Wide Overhand Grip]
    100 Jackknifes (Core)
    100 Dips (Chest, Triceps)
    100 High Box Jumps or Jump Squats (Lower Body)

    (10 sets of 10 each, 15-30 seconds rest between sets; full recovery (3-7 minutes) rest between exercises)

    Next we'll test your Static Hold Endurance on the Pushup, Pullup, and Dip.

    Then we'll see how "fit" you are. icon_twisted.gif

    Then you'll be REAL well rounded . . .
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    Jul 26, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidDoing 100 reps sets with 6 different exercises with no rest isn't possible. I don't know anyone who can do 100 pull ups with their own bodyweight.


    With rest of course lol

    I'm not insane lol

    Let me go edit that.
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    Jul 26, 2008 4:31 AM GMT

    That you are working up is possible. Everyone starts small. I am ALWAYS amazed by Jet Li's moves: he started with basic moves just like anyone.
    ...............................
    I can do atleast 80 pushups without stopping, but I started only being able to do 25. I think this is a wonderful challenge. It starts you off realistic, but challenges you to strive for the impossible, which is what we all want to achieve, right? (as in those IMPOSSIBLE gay body images)?


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    Jul 26, 2008 5:36 AM GMT
    blind2limits saidyea... umm how about

    100 Pushups (Upper Body)
    100 Pullups (Back, Biceps) [Wide Overhand Grip]
    100 Jackknifes (Core)
    100 Dips (Chest, Triceps)
    100 High Box Jumps or Jump Squats (Lower Body)

    (10 sets of 10 each, 15-30 seconds rest between sets; full recovery (3-7 minutes) rest between exercises)



    Damn, if you managed to do this, you would be the motherfucking MAN!! Do this infront of a crowd of gym bunnies and you're guaranteed to get tail everytime!
    I've got to try and do this!! (yer all invited to my funeral, lol). HE DIED TRYING TO IMPRESS...that's soooo gay! "bla!"icon_razz.gif

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    Jul 26, 2008 7:28 AM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    blind2limits saidyea... umm how about

    100 Pushups (Upper Body)
    100 Pullups (Back, Biceps) [Wide Overhand Grip]
    100 Jackknifes (Core)
    100 Dips (Chest, Triceps)
    100 High Box Jumps or Jump Squats (Lower Body)

    (10 sets of 10 each, 15-30 seconds rest between sets; full recovery (3-7 minutes) rest between exercises)
    I've got to try and do this!! (yer all invited to my funeral, lol). HE DIED TRYING TO IMPRESS...that's soooo gay! "bla!"icon_razz.gif

    Would you really attempt to do all that? If you did, that would be fcking awesome icon_exclaim.gif
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    Jul 26, 2008 7:36 AM GMT

    I'll tell you what, I attempt this and I will video tape it.

    Actually, a thirty second rest between sets of ten is quite generous for me. I've been known not to rest long enough between sets.

    OMG! I think I can do this!! Wait a sec, 100 jack knifes, good bye groin.