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100 pushups a day – an update

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 09-06-2015

Well, it hasn’t been for lack of trying but 9 weeks on, my daughter and I have still not made it to 100 pushups a day at one go as we described in an earlier post. I’ve failed at Day 1 of Week 6 and my daughter has failed several times at the first day of Week 5. Finally, I had the bright ideas of creating a Week 5A with an increase in pushups over week 5, but less than Week 6. That went fine and I reached super-human levels of 140+ pushups in one session (not in a row). However, again the first day of Week 6 was a FAIL. There’s something about the final week when the schedule becomes this:

Set 1: 25

Set 2: 30

Set 3: 20

Set 4: 15

Set 5: At least 40 (!)

It may be that at 30 pushups, it just becomes mentally too much of a challenge because it’s dead-boring after the initial rush of 10-15.

This means back to the drawing board which may involve creating a Week 5B.

On the other hand, as predicted, this has been a fun project for my 15 year old daughter and me. We keep each other going and now have plans to start a chin-up program. My younger son has also gotten into the act and now regularly gets down with us to push-up with us.

I will definitely provide an update when we get to 100! We are undaunted but confused at the moment.