My 100 Push Ups Challenge!



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Something off the beaten track today. I usually I don’t talk about non-design issues here on Design Sojourn, but as I made a 2008 New Year resolution to lead a healthier and fitter lifestyle, I like to catalog this challenge here to help keep me motivated. Yes, I know its almost September, but better 8 months late than never!
You see, being an office bound designer most of the time has caused me to put on the flab. I have to admit that too many wine and cheese nights, and too little jogging also help! As with most men, the flab has appeared around my chin, torso, stomach, and triceps. Not the dashing designer I strive to be. I supposed you could say that I am trying to re-design my body. Hey it’s related to design after all!

Anyways a fellow Plurker recently highlighted his happiness with the One Hundred Push Ups Challenge and how it has shaped his body. That last bit pique my curiosity.

Push ups are one of the basic and most common exercises for the human body. Push ups are not only great for your chest, but do a tremendous job of defining your abs, triceps, shoulders and torso.
Push ups can be performed no matter where you are, and best of all, they are completely free – no expensive equipment or annual gym fees required! If you’re looking to develop a great chest and shoulders, you could do much worse than follow along with the hundred push ups plan. Your core strength will also go through the roof too!
To improve your strength, fitness and general health all you need to do is commit about 30 minutes of your time per week, and follow the push ups training program as closely as you can. I promise you will feel much better about yourself and much more confident after just a few short workouts.

Wow! That sounds great, it looks like it will work on my problem areas and best of all only 30 minutes a week! I can do that!
So after familiarizing myself with the program, I started the ball rolling with an Initial Test. The test was basically to do as many good form push-ups as possible until you collapse in a pile of sweat.
It looks like my yearly army reserve training still has some weight as I manage to hit 30 reps before lacking the strength to push myself back up for number 31. According to the chart I just squeezed into Rank 4/7, not too bad and a great confidence booster. My aching triceps and pectorals seems to indicate that it works. I don’t doubt it as I used to do a lot of push ups in the army.
So do stay tuned for weekly updates of this six week program to see if it makes a difference? Even better, why not also join me in re-designing your body for 30 minutes a week?

14 Comments
  • Adam Morse

    August 28, 2008 at 1:41 am Reply

    That’s a great line ‘redesigning the body’. As designers we spend a lot of time trying to make the rest of the world around us beautiful and often times neglect ourselves and our environment. Messy desk anyone? Point being, I’m always a happier designer when I work out and a lot of my ideas come while I’m yogging. (That’s jogging with a soft j.)

  • sssj

    August 28, 2008 at 4:09 am Reply

    This looks like a great idea! I have tried to keep up my fitness with pushups, situps and running every now and then but having a challenge to push towards, excuse the pun, is the way to go. I’ll jump on your wagon – keep us posted with your progress!

  • Jasper

    August 28, 2008 at 4:18 pm Reply

    YOU CAN DO IT!!

  • Jules

    August 29, 2008 at 9:55 am Reply

    Wow Brian, you still have reservist training?
    I wonder if these push-ups will benefit my shoulders. It’s a bit odd ‘cos I can easily benchpress my weight and more, but when it comes to my shoulders, I’m weak.
    Keep up the training! Soon you’ll be a leaner, more dashing designer. ­čÖé

  • DT

    August 30, 2008 at 9:11 am Reply

    Hi Adam,
    That is very true. Designers love their work but forget themselves. Yes that messy desk is a big problem, well at least to me I hate being in a messy studio.
    Hi sssj and Jasper,
    Thanks for the support!
    Hey Jules,
    So nice to here from you! Thanks for your comment and I think it will help! Why not try it too it is a 6 week, 30min a week time investment?

  • Acomplia

    September 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm Reply

    You are absolutely right. Push ups is the best way to keep your upper body fit. They do influence your lower half a bit too, but it would be better if you do some free squats too you could alternate between them too. Or thats what a few experts say.
    I am not a pro when it comes to staying fit, so i would liek it
    if you guys could give me some pointers.

  • XanGo

    September 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm Reply

    I can barely get twenty pushes in and by then I start panting and creating a ruckus. Push up are not for me.
    But at the same time I think crunches is something that I can do more easily. I agree that both of these methods keep us really fit and I should start working on it more.

  • Smartlipo laser liposuction

    September 19, 2008 at 2:34 pm Reply

    I think push ups are the best form of exercise.
    Every time I finish my set of push ups I get this satisfied feeling. And it is something that can be done easily in the confines of your house. Needs no money and just a little time and I think it can keep you as fit as a horse!
    Hey nice design by the way, man he has some great body ­čÖé

  • Findmybbw

    October 25, 2008 at 3:33 pm Reply

    Are there people who can really do a 100 push ups? Man that would like take me fifteen days!
    I don’t like push ups because I always tend to fall face first!

  • Obagi Nu Derm

    October 28, 2008 at 8:58 pm Reply

    I think that it is an awesome way to exercise and at the same time it keeps you in real good shape, this is one thing that everyone should try out, but they should start small.

  • mccoding

    January 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm Reply

    hey this is a great blog! i loved reading it.
    thanks a lot!

  • costa rica inclusive

    April 15, 2009 at 6:00 am Reply

    A lot of these kind of exercise routines can work simply because they force you to actually do some exercise. It doesn’t take much to sculpt a killer bod. Try p90x if you want to look like a greek god.

  • Back Pain Orange County

    July 23, 2009 at 7:08 pm Reply

    I’ve decided to try out this workout. Lets see how it works for me. I badly wanna put on some mass.

  • Zerona

    July 23, 2009 at 7:10 pm Reply

    I’ve tried this workout. Its incredible. If you have the commitment to see it through, it can do wonders for your body.

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