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Subject: Simple, Effective Workout
Date Posted: 12/22/2008 10:15 PM ET
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I recently got back into excellent shape with this workout:  http://hundredpushups.com

The advertised goal is to be able to do 100 pushups in a row at the end of 6 weeks.  It took me 10 weeks, but I'm more impressed with the physical changes than with the ability to do 100 pushups.

The workouts are dead simple: just do pushups 3 days a week for 6 weeks.  Note that I said the workouts were simple, not easy.  ;)

Bar none, this is the best, most effective workout I've ever done.  Yes, women can do it, too.  My mom is doing it and she's 60!


Date Posted: 12/26/2008 12:07 PM ET
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Thanks for sharing!  My girls and husband have a black belt test coming up this spring and are looking for an extra workout for home to get ready!  This will be fun for the whole family!

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 5:16 PM ET
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When I was in MCJROTC in high school, we had PT on Fridays, and did the Marine Corps Daily 7. That is a simple way of exercising and builds a great range of motion.

There were bend and reach, bend and thrust, push-ups, side-straddle hops, arm rotations, squat thrusts, and trunk twisters.

We'd do ten repetitions of each, and they are done in a three count. 1,2,3 one. 1,2,3 two. 1,2,3, three  etc. until we had done ten each.

I was able by the end of my senior year to stretch so my palms touched the ground without me bending ym knees.

Ah if I only I were still that flexible!

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 1:01 PM ET
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I can't easily do pushups due to back problems. I'm supposed to be doing situps to help my posture and strengthen my back. Does anyone know if there is a similar site for situps? I like the fact that this site lets you track your progress.

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 4:32 PM ET
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Oh my gosh!  I went on this site and started it.  On day two.  I am amazed as when I start I barely can do them then after the rest between I get better and better.  I am totally amazed as I never have been able to do push ups.  I am up to 7 and started with 3 on my first day.  I am doing the lowest level as didn't think I could do any.LOL  Thanks for sharing!

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 7:01 PM ET
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Shaun, This is very interesting.  I am going to show it to DH when he gets home.  This is something I think I can actually do and complete.

Shaun (sec) - ,
Date Posted: 12/31/2008 12:13 AM ET
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Bren, the only sit-ups challenge website I know about is this one:  http://60situpschallenge.blogspot.com/

Though, I'm sure there are probably others.  Good luck!

I'm still doing pushups, but need a new "goal" -- received a pull-up bar for Christmas, so will be starting the 20 pull-up challenge for the new year:  http://pull-ups-training.com/pg_challenge.php

Going to be interesting...  even after all those pushups, I tested myself on the pull-up bar and could only do 2.  Different muscles, I suppose.

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 12:57 AM ET
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Bren, maybe the Bender method might be a good solution for you. I couldn't provide you with the ball (need it myself) itself but I no longer need the workout DVD (let me know). Basically the Bender ball is a rubbery air filled ball which support the back and back injuries or pain while doing sit-ups. I figure you should be able to do the workout with every other ball you can fill with air like water balls or something. It helped me a lot when I had problems with my back. The normal sit-ups areen't the best method to strengthen your back especially when there are already problems.
Date Posted: 1/4/2009 11:09 AM ET
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These are great!  I'm going to add both the push up and sit up challenges to my fitness routine.  None of the door frames in my house will support a pull up bar, so that one will have to wait.

Date Posted: 1/5/2009 9:04 AM ET
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I'm on week 2 of the push up challenge and it's too tough for me.  With the test, I fell into the 2nd category, but I think I'm putting myself into the 1st category.  I'd rather progress slowly than push too hard.  Although my personal trainer would have disagreed with me.......maybe that's why I fired her :)

Shaun (sec) - ,
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 11:30 PM ET
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FYI... the guy that put together the hundred pushups challenge website just started one for sit-ups -- the two hundred sit-ups challenge: http://twohundredsitups.com/ And Monica, stick with it! I had to repeat several weeks since I couldn't hit the numbers -- the 6 week workout took me 10 weeks. But it worked!
Date Posted: 1/13/2009 12:25 PM ET
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I wonder if a modified push-up....using forearms, if it's even possible to do a push up like that (for those of us with carpal tunnel or wrist tendonitis), would have the same effect?

Shaun (sec) - ,
Date Posted: 1/14/2009 7:25 PM ET
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I've heard of people with carpal tunnel using something like this:  http://www.qfac.com/gear/pushup_bars.html

Definitely run it by your doctor, first, though.  In fact, your doctor and/or physical therapist may have suggestions for push up alternatives.


Date Posted: 1/15/2009 9:23 AM ET
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this is fantasic -- so happy i stumbled in on this post. ive been looking for something to help me strengthen my arms especially, and i do freeweights every week, but the payoff isn't nearly what i want. thanks!!