100 Pushups: Consistent Progress Makes it Possible [video]

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The 100 Pushup Challenge – Jason and Jordan from isocket on Vimeo.

It turns out, with about 4-6 weeks of pushup training 3x a week (~10 mins per session), you can do build your capacity to do something rather difficult: 100 pushups in a row.

My coworker Jordan and I spent about four weeks doing multiple sets of pushups every week, as Simon Payne is doing, via the sequence laid out in hundredpushups.com. It involves doing many sets of pushups at a time (eg: 14, 18, 14, 14, 20) with very little rest in between each set.

If you do this again and again and add a few more pushups to each set every time, your capacity to do pushups grows. There are no secrets. No weird old tips. No magic tricks.

True magic is the power of consistent progress.

Consider: if every day you improve yourself by just 1%, in 30 days you’ll be 35% better. In 90 days you’ll be nearly 250% better. In one year you’ll be almost 3700% better than you were 365 days ago. Simply through by pushing yourself a little bit harder every time and consistently improving just a little bit every day.

Over 600 people have reported completed the Hundred Pushup Program – a number that is surely undercounting dramatically. What could YOU achieve if you used the power of consistent progress?

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Jason is a tech entrepreneur and advocate for Asian American men. He's written extensively and spoken all over the world about how individuals and organizations develop their competitive advantage. Follow him at @jasonshen.

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  1. Hi Jason,

    I’m nearing to the day D. I’ve set it on Monday. Today I’ve finished my last workout and I’ll try to make the hell out of me to do it! I don’t feel 100% ready but I guess that doesn’t matter I’ll still make the best effort with real intention of making it. I think it wouldn’t be a challenge if it were so easy, right? I was wondering if I even can feel 100% ready but it might take much more training.

    We will see soon how I managed.

    Wish me luck .. eh .. screw luck!! Yeah luck is for loosers.

    I’ve trained and struggled for sever weeks and I mean to make it! I might fail the possibility is always there. But I will try to do everything to not to.

  2. @simonpayne Hey Simon – that’s awesome! I look forward to hearing about your success. You should tape it! And if you don’t succeed, don’t give up. Took Joel a couple tries but he got it done: http://www.joelrunyon.com/two3/100-pushups

    My favorite mental exercise: when you get to 50 you’re going to feel like there’s no way you can make it to 100. Don’t worry. Just keep going and bang ’em out. You’ll get there.

  3. @jasonshen Yeah I want to tape it. It will be fun! Do you have some other advises? Like, should I get some intensive stretching or warm up my body or something? I notice that I can’t do many pushups when I’m cold in the first set but I am able to do 60 in the last one …

  4. @simonpayne Yeah – couple other tips:Warm up – definitely do 10 or 20 pushups to get the blood moving, rest before your big push

    Mentally prepare – psych yourself up. Listen to music, imagine yourself knocking out 100, get mentally tough

    Set goals – at first you can just keep doing pushups, but around 60, you might want to set goals – “10 more then I rest in the pushup position” and later “6 more and then rest” to keep you on pace

    Get someone else watching – studies show that guys will lift up to 30% more when they have people watching. Maybe recording it can work too? Makes you not want to look bad by failing!

  5. Hi Jason,

    I’m embarking on my second attempt to train for 100 consecutive push ups over this holiday season. Thank you for your ideas and the link to hundredpushups.com. I’ll be taking notes on my progress and recording my thoughts throughout the training process here: http://www.geoffreyhale.com/blog/?p=2070

    I’ll be sure to post a video when I attempt the full 100!

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