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100 Push up every day - should you do it or not?

This is not the result I expected. But I am still continuing 100 push up a day. How? In this post, I will share everything I learned.


By day 26, a ganglion cyst appeared on my left hand.

A ganglion cyst looks like this.

This is not the result I expected. But I am still continuing 100 push up a day.

How? In this post, I will share everything I learned.

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I started doing 100 Push up every day on Oct 18 2022. 

Today is the 36th day of my experiment.

Where is the proof?

How can you trust me when I say I did 100 push-ups every day for 36 days? 

By day 26, a ganglion cyst appeared on my left hand.

A ganglion cyst looks like this.

\ This is not the result I expected. But I am still continuing 100 push up a day.

Because before and after transformation videos of 100 push-ups a day are mostly fake.

In the thumbnail of such videos, you can see crazy transformations. Those are fake. You are not going to get ripped just after 30 days.

So what is a normal achievable result? 

I will share my result here.

And, I have proof. I recorded every push-up I did as a part of this challenge. Here you can see the playlist. 

I also took a photo every day after a workout. 

Pushups playlist

My journey & things I learned.

Day 1 to 10.

It was a struggle.

The biggest mistake I made was doing all 100 push-ups within 1 hour.

The maximum number of push-ups I could do was 17 or 20.

During this time, I was doing mostly 10 sets of 10. 

Day 10 to 20.

Good results.

The most significant improvement happened during this time. 

I was still doing all push-ups within 1 hour, but did stretching whenever possible and drank a lot of water.

I was able to crank 4 sets of 15 push-ups and then 4 sets of 10 push-ups.

Day 20 to 30.

Over training!

The number of continuous push-ups I can do during this time reduced to 10.

Sometime I would do 3 sets of 15 push-ups and then 5 sets of 10/12.

By the end of this period is when the ganglion cyst appeared on my wrist.

Day 30-36

During this time, pain in the left hand made it impossible to do push-ups. I missed 100 push-ups in a few days. 

Because of the pain, I bought a push-up bar.

And by day 34, decided to do push-ups not within 1 hour, but in separate sections, throughout the day.

Now I am back on track doing 100 push-ups every day.

Reasons to not do 100 push-ups a day.

No time for other workouts

I usually work out for around 1 hour. And the whole time is taken by push up. I do have not time to do other workouts.

Injury

By day 26, a ganglion cyst appeared on my left hand. It was there in my hand for 3,4 years but was not painful.

Over training & plateauing.

I could feel the effects of over training and could see the number of push-ups I could do going down after a few weeks.

Reasons to do 100 push-ups a day.

The simplicity of workout and challenge.

Something about the simplicity of the challenge that will make you keep going.

Taking to the next level — pushing limits, intensity.

I always wondered whether i am working out is intence enough. Doing this challenge will test you limits and push you. You can also increase your mental strength.

Muscle growth.

Small but visible increase in muscle mass of forearm, chest and biceps, and upper back.

My plan for the future — 100 push-ups a day continue or not.

I am still continuing 100 push up a day. But with some changes.

Changes I made.

Instead of doing all the push-ups within 1 hour, I split it between all day. Doing 10 or 15 push-ups every few hours.

Started using a push-up bar.

Added a few other workouts on top of push-ups.

Final thoughts: i am going to continue this challenge. But would i recommend this to everyone?I will suggest an alternative option. That is doing 3 times the maximum number of push ups you can do every day.

Ie. if you can do 15 continues push-ups, your goal should be 3*15, 45 push ups every day. And increase the total push-ups as you improve continues push-ups.

Written on November 24, 2022
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