You've read through the program and studied each week carefully. You may just be thinking of taking the challenge
or you may already be on the road to a fitter, stronger and healthier you. You may also have pondered the origins of the one hundred push ups plan. If so, this page is for you.
I first read about a similar exercise plan
on a friend in the UK's blog in June 2007. At the time I was looking for a simple strength program to compliment a fall marathon schedule I was following. I painstakingly stuck to the plan, and surprised myself when I was able to complete "the magic hundred" at the end of the 7th week; yes, I had to repeat one of the weeks mid-way through the plan. Sadly I promptly slipped in to running only mode and soon lost most of my hard earned strength. However, looking back, I really liked the simplicity of the plan, the progressive nature of the workouts and of course the end result of being able to do one hundred consecutive push ups.
Several months later I featured the first 4 weeks of the plan on a personal blog after deciding to stress myself and take the challenge once again. However, second time around my enthusiasm for the program wasn't quite the same and not surprisingly I ended up cutting the program short. Needless to say the blog posts trailed off to nothing.
At some point the original push ups web site must have dropped off the internet, as out of the blue I received multiple emails requesting copies of weeks 5 and 6 of the plan. Luckily I had several documents saved locally and was able to reply to the requests and am happy to report all the recipients were most grateful for the information! Eager to resurrect the popular online plan, I attempted to contact the push ups web site owner to find out what happened to the site, but never heard anything back. To this day, it appears the original site has long since been abandoned.
One of the many emails I received asked if it was possible to post weeks 5 and 6 online, which gave me the idea of creating an all-new hundred push ups web site. The basic principles are the same, but the look, feel and content is completely different. Initially, my intention was to just "get something out there" for a few of my loyal blog readers, but since launching the site in June 2008, it's turned into a much bigger deal.
I've honestly been staggered by the response from the online community and have to say some of the emails I've received from "the challengers" have been very touching. It's amazing how grateful people are for having a solid 6-week workout plan to follow and I feel it's fantastic to have so many people on board with the notion of challenging themselves and doing something positive to be a stronger/fitter/healthier person.
Good luck and happy push ups!