I am not above setting up a fitness challenge right at the start of a new year. This isn’t about “New Year New You” or some other resolution that everyone forgets about as soon as it gets inconvenient. While this challenge falls under the fitness category, I could easily have put it under mindset as well.
You see, this one is more about discipline than anything else.
Sometimes life gets in the way of our goals. During the Go-Getter Challenge I posted last year, I started off well and then tapered out after a few weeks. Pressure from the day job mounted, commitments outside of work added up, and having a little one only a few months old at home just made everything that much harder.
But here’s the thing, I failed because I treated it like things were optional. To be truly successful, the thing you are trying to do needs to be just another “hygiene item” like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. You aren’t always going to enjoy it, but you do it because you know you have to.
The 100 for 30 Pushup Challenge
This month’s challenge comes from an article a reader sent me over on the Facebook page. The article is about YouTuber Nick Bare, who has done 100 pushups per day for over 10 years.
In the end, it’s not about the pushups- it’s about the discipline to do it every day.
This challenge is simple. To complete it, you must do 100 pushups per day, every day, for 30 consecutive days. If you can’t do 100 pushups straight through, that’s fine. You can break up the 100 repetitions however you need to.
- 10 pushups at a time 10 times throughout the day
- 20 pushups 5 times per day
- 50 pushups 2 times per day
- 100 pushups at once
How to Do a Pushup
Everyone thinks they know how to do a proper pushup. But I’ve watched enough fitness tests while serving on active duty to know that such thinking is wrong. Each person’s body has different mechanics, and so everyone finds ways to take the path of least resistance. Guys with long arms like me usually struggled a lot with the Air Force’s 90-degree rule, for example.
So let’s set a baseline. Toss whatever variation you’ve learned in the past, and focus on the hand release pushups.
I first came across this variation while working through my Mountain Tactical Institute workout plan.
It came up again while I was interviewing Dr. Whitfield East for the podcast. If you recall from that interview, the hand release pushup requires about 35% more effort than the “classic” style.
This is the variation you must use to complete the challenge.
There are two levels for this one.
Level 1 is simply performing 100 hand-release pushups per day for 30 days in any combination of sets.
Level 2 is the same, except you must post a video of yourself completing 100 pushups. For the video, you may take breaks as needed, but 100 pushups have to be completed within the video.
This challenge obviously has a high trust factor, because we’re taking your word for it. In order to complete it you must post a weekly summary of your progress in a thread within the forum.
That’s it, good luck!
- Sunshine Shooter
- Tom (from East Tennessee)