How Many Push Ups Can You Do?

I don't think I'm ready to do them in public, on a beach, just yet...

The kind of exercise I like to do has nothing whatsoever to do with weight or body size. For me, working out is about strength, tone, stress relief—just feeling amazing, you know? So when I found out through my friend Anna over at Full On Style about the 100 Push Ups program I was like, Bingo! One part of my body that’s always been weaker than the rest is my shoulders and arms. You’d think they were made of mushy noodles! And I’d love to feel stronger.

This program is like training for a race or something. Basically, you do the initial test to find out how many you can do right now (12 modified on my knees) and then do a personalized “plan” in which you do several sets of differing amounts of push ups three days a week for six weeks. Ten minutes a day, tops. Monday morning I’m supposed to do five sets of push ups (10, 12, 7, 7 and 9), and then, no doubt, collapse in a heap of ache and sweat.

Have any of you ever done something like this before? Want to do it with me?!



14 Responses to How Many Push Ups Can You Do?

  1. OK - I am in.

    I found your site recently through Leslie Goldman’s blog, and so far I am intrigued. I am pretty sure that if I am not actually a binge eater by the textbook definition, I am pretty darn close, and it is comforting to know that there are people who take it seriously. I am reading “Crave” right now (just started it) and am looking for anything I can to get my arse motivated to, well, get off my arse :)


  2. kate says:

    i do! good grief - 100 pushups! that sounds intense! i’m getting married in may, though, and 100 pushups sounds like a far better goal than weight loss!

  3. Tamara says:

    Can I aim for 20? ‘Cause right now I can do, like, five. Maybe ten if I did the “girl” version on my knees-I’d check, but my supervisors would look at me funny if I got on the ground and started doing push-ups in the library :p

  4. Sunny says:

    Oh yeah, there’s no WAY I’m going to be able to do 100-I think that number is more of a general concept than actual goal. At least for me! I’m just trying to work up to whatever my own max is. I don’t think anyone but an elite Navy Seal or something could do 100!

  5. Lauren says:

    I’ve heard really awesome things about this actually! The number one being that it works! Good luck Sunny! Totally a great, manageable and attainable goal!

  6. I crossfit…and push-ups are on my list of things to improve in 2010. in particular to be able to get off my knees. When i started i could barely do one. 100 is an amazing feat for anyone. I think pull-ups help with the same muscles (i am working on those two, currently need two bands to accomplish them :-)

  7. Veronica says:

    haha I wish I could do 100 push-ups. Shoot I wish I could do one!! I am willing to try this… =)

    • Sunny says:

      Yes! I’ll take all the company I can get Veronica, Kate, Tamara, Leslie and Stephanie! I woke up too late to do my five sets this a.m. So I’ve got to do it tonight.

  8. Katee says:

    Ok, nothing is more embarassing than trying to do plank in yoga (my gym started offering Group Centergy) and dropping after a millisecond.

    I’ll do my initial test tonight and then go from there.

  9. Rachael Lord says:

    Thats a great idea, my arms are the least toned of my body and instead of working them I put them in the “cant do, why bother” basket.

    I’m definitely going to try this. 10 minutes a day is nothing! Thanks Sunny

  10. Hooboy! That was … ouchy. Did my first day, and learned:
    1) remember to use a mat
    2) remember to breathe
    3) I am weaker in the upper body than even I thought …. can’t do more than a few girl push-ups at a time.

  11. Veronica says:

    uh oh I completely forgot about this!! haha If I remember I’ll start tomorrow.

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  13. Furmie says:

    I’m in!

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Sunny Sea Gold is a media-savvy advocate and commentator specializing in binge eating disorder, cultural obsessions around food and weight, and raising children who have a healthy body image.