General consensus on the 100 Pushup Challenge so far? It’s hard!
I’ve heard lots of stories from our TEAM RELENTLESS members about switching columns and noodle-y arms and the humility of doing pushups from the knees and how completely, ridiculously, painfully challenging it is to touch one’s chest to the ground.
This. is. all. good. news.
If it wasn’t hard, it wouldn’t be called a “challenge.”
So kudos to everyone who’s soldiering on and doing the best they can. The goal isn’t really 100 pushups, after all, but is to keep chipping away at our own self-imposed limits while attempting to make our pushups as pretty and plank-y and taut and low as possible.
Full disclosure: I had an excuse every day this week to NOT do my pushup workout. this morning I made up for it, but I really want to be following the workouts as published. Luckily, the workout plan has a built-in re-set this week.
It’s time to do another assessment!
Sometime this weekend, get yourself warmed up with a little jog or dancing or something, then do the pushup assessment again. In case you’ve forgotten, that means doing as many good form pushups as you can in a row, until you just can’t do another one. You don’t have to do them non-stop, but if you “rest” it should be in the horizontal plank position. And yes, you can drop to your knees if you want to keep going to see how many you can eke out. There are no hard-and-fast rules about this; YOU are the judge and jury.
After you’ve done the assessment, take a look at the Week 3 workout and see which column you’ll be using this week. If your assessment number is less than 16, repeat Week 2. And take comfort in these words from the Hundred Pushups founder Steve:
If you’re struggling with the program, don’t lose heart. Some people will still be doing less than 16 consecutive push ups, but this is ok. Just repeat the week you struggled with until you’re strong enough to move on to the next level – I promise it will be worth your while!
The Week 3 workout chart is below. Good luck, pushupers! Feel free to share the results of your assessment in the comments… and you’re welcome to complain, whine, commiserate, and talk smack there, too!
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Thank you to Steve Speirs for creating the Hundred Pushups web site and inspiring Team Relentless to tackle 100 pushups. I encourage you to make a donation to Steve to support his web site.
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