The challenge is on!! How many in Lawrence & Douglas County can do 100 pushups?

Last week, Jon Stewart posted a fabulous story about how the staff at Heartland Community Health Center had challenged each other to do 100 pushups. Of course, there's an app -- and a site -- for that -- onehundredpushups. The site provides a great training program, which is supposed to lead to anyone being able to do 100 pushups in six weeks. No kidding. From the site:

Think there's no way you could do this? I think you can! All you need is a good plan, plenty of discipline and about 30 minutes a week to achive this goal!

They count on most people being able to do less than 10 pushups. btw, good news: knee pushups count. Here's the info about what makes a good-form pushup, and describes the acceptable variations. You can even log your progress on the Pushups Logger.

So, we created this group page -- 100 Pushups -- so that everyone who wants to brag about their progress -- or moan about the lack of it -- can do so.

But, remember (Jon Stewart), this isn't a competition. :-)

Tagged: pushups, Exercise


jestevens 7 years, 4 months ago

OK, jman785 -- We want your real name....and a video for proof!

Orwell 7 years, 4 months ago

I can, but it may take me a couple of weeks. I figure about one pushup every other waking hour ought to do it. I'll get back to you.

jestevens 7 years, 4 months ago

Clever, Orwell. Same goes for you: your real name and a video for proof....if you work up to doing 100 pushups without stopping!

Roscoe 7 years, 4 months ago

I'll take the challenge. My name is Ross Weber and I'm from Tonganoxie. I'll be back with video, feast or famine.

jestevens 7 years, 4 months ago

Great, Ross! If you post your video to YouTube, you can just copy the link and post it here.

And feel free to post info about your progress. How many pushups can you do now?

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 4 months ago

OK, I'm game to give it a try. Never been much of a fan of push-ups. Then again, two years ago I was hardly able to run a mile, now I can run half marathons. You can accomplish almost anything if you put your mind to it...

Ali Edwards 7 years, 4 months ago

Yes, Jonathan! Awesome!

I think other women at HCHC will attest to this, but two weeks ago, I could barely do five in a row. Now, my maximum (after completing a day's training) is 20! Four more weeks, and I'll be doing them one-handed :)

Come one, come on! Involve your businesses and organizations too!

seancailteux 7 years, 4 months ago

A challenge, eh? =) Ok, I'm in. And I will see who else here at The Chiropractic Experience is in. If you say "challenge" around these parts, especially if its a physical challenge, there's uaually no shortage of challengers. Good luck everyone =)

jestevens 7 years, 4 months ago

How many pushups can you do, Sean? You're in such good shape!

seancailteux 7 years, 4 months ago

To be honest Jane, I haven't maxed out in quite sometime; but I would guess I'm somewhere in the 70's. But I was thinking I might use this challenge to improve my "one-handed" push ups. I can do about 10 on each arm. So maybe by the end of 6 weeks, that number could be pretty high. I'll keep you posted on the progress. Oh, and just as I expected, most of the office will also be doing this challenge. Lol! Talk to you soon!

jestevens 7 years, 4 months ago

They're not the same, but if a knee pushup is all a person can do, that's a good start. I would think that if someone was able to do 100 knee pushups, then she/he can graduate to doing a regular pushup and set another goal.

blove 7 years, 4 months ago

Here at Heartland we have decided to re-name knee push-ups "stabilizing push-ups!" There is nothing wrong with doing them and I think you will come to find that as you increase the amount of "stabilizing push-ups" you can do, you will be able to do more regular ones as well! Try mixing a set or two of them in everyday!

jestevens 7 years, 4 months ago

If you check out the site, you'll see how to get started. How long it takes you to be able to do 100 pushups at once depends on how many pushups you can do now. E.g., if you can do 25 pushups, you can start at a week 3 level (it's supposed to take 6 weeks). Since it's not a race, we'd just like to see people starting where they are and then doing a video of when they reach 100 pushups, putting that on YouTube so they can post it here.

If you're asking if there's a time limit to doing them all at once (e.g., 100 pushups in 60 seconds) -- no, there isn't.

jayhaitch 7 years, 4 months ago

Better question: Who's the OLDEST person in Lawrence that can do a hundred pushups?

jestevens 7 years, 4 months ago

That would be interesting! Maybe we can have categories -- oldest woman, oldest man. What about age categories? We should definitely get various organizations in on this -- Heartland, Bert Nash, LJWorld (WellCommons), LiveWell Lawrence, Chiropractic Experience....who else????

talktobert 7 years, 4 months ago

We're going to start organizing a Bert Nash Team for this challenge - stay tuned, I'll let you know how it goes!

Jon Stewart 7 years, 4 months ago

Way to go Lauren! Dave Johnson has a legitimate injury that prevents him from doing pushups but his doctor gave him some exercises that he is to do for the injury so he's still on the hook!! I look forward to hearing your team's progress!!

talktobert 7 years, 4 months ago

OK - a few of our Staff are going to participate in this challenge! Here's a few comments so far:

"I'm already on week 5 :) I started out with 73 though so i should be there in no time!" "I can do a hundred, but it might take a week" "I did 30 pushups (10 regular, 10 wide (arms farther apart) and 10 tricep (arms & elbows in tight) this morning at the gym and then I did it again 15 minutes later! Not bad for a 46 year old woman w/ 4 kids and who was a couch potato/bleacher bum up until 4 months ago!" "Just did 20 regular push-ups" "Ok. I'm in. I just did 33 (not knee ones if it matters). Apparently since I did over 30 I am supposed to start on week 3. I'll start tomorrow. Good luck!"

As for me - I did 30 consecutive, so I'm off to a great start too! Maybe I'll get some pics of our staff doing pushups too to post!

Ali Edwards 7 years, 4 months ago

Dang, Lauren! The Bert Nash crew is fit! Can't wait to see those pictures!

Kris Adair 7 years, 4 months ago

I started the program a while back but lost the momentum. I will start back up this week and see where I am. It was hard but I started by only being able to do 5 knee push ups and moved to being able to do 15 regular push ups in a week and a half. It really works!

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