One Hundred Pushups For A Healthy Fit Frugal Summer

Ok, I’m in! I’ve been seeing a lot about the site One Hundred Pushups around the blogosphere lately.  I first heard about it from Pete at Bible Money Matters via Twitter.  Then Pete posted about starting on the program.  Then I saw Pinyo at Moolanomy mentioned it.  And also JD at Get Rich/Fit Slowly fame.  And Wazzy on Twitter.  And I’m sure many others I don’t know about yet…

So what is One Hundred Pushups? It’s a site that lists out a six week program for increasing your strength to the point where, in the final test, you do one hundred pushups!

Why Pushups? From the site:

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!

Check out that second paragraph…”they are completely free.”  How much is the average gym membership? I would guess you’re paying anywhere from $250 a year to $1200 a year.  Free is a whole lot better.

And a pushup is a great measure of your overall fitness.

I’ve been looking for a good workout program for a couple of months now.  I have some free weights but I haven’t been able to commit to a consistent plan.  I’ll workout for two weeks then stop for two weeks; I don’t keep up with it.  I even almost joined a gym about a month ago.  That would have cost me about $500 for the year.  I didn’t join since I wasn’t sure I’d use it enough to justify the cost.

But with all of the bloggers already on the One Hundred Pushup band-wagon I thought I’d give it a try.  Not only is there a framework to follow for the plan (which I need) but by putting it out here on Free From Broke I’m making myself accountable for following the plan (I hope).

I’ve already done the initial test and the first day of week one (already feeling it in my chest).  I set up a spreadsheet on Google Docs so I can track my performance.  You can follow my One Hundred Pushup progress here.  I hope you check it out and help root me on!  If fact join in and we can go through this together!

Make sure you have clearance from your doctor before you start any fitness program.

So are you up to the one hundred push up training program?

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Published or updated August 21, 2016.


  1. Great FFB. 30 for a start is great! I am on board too, but had to restart week one after being too sore for about 3 days and getting behind.

  2. Good luck, we’re going to need it!

  3. @ Happy Rock – Thanks! I know how you feel about the soreness. I did the initial test and Day 1 on back to back days. I should be doing Day 2 later today. I had the weekend to rest up!

    @ Pete – Yup. Those pushups add up real quick! What’s great is I have guys like you to keep me accountable (I hope)!

  4. I may live to regret telling people I’ll be participating. Now I have to follow through… Good luck to you!

  5. @ Flexo – I know the feeling. But that’s the whole point isn’t it? By putting it out here we set up an accountability system. I hope you guys put me to task and make sure I follow through!

    Good luck Flexo and thanks for dropping by to tell us!

  6. Wow, you’re a superhero. You’re making me look bad. I just failed to pass W1D1 again today — only did 10-10-8-4.5 Even worse than the one I did last Thursday. 😛

  7. @ Pinyo – Keep working at it you’ll get there! We have to show these non-NYC people how it’s done!
    In all seriousness, what looks good about this program is it gradually builds up, making you stronger for the next week. I’m sure in a week or two you will be amazed at what you can do compared to how you started!

    I did week one day two last night. Not sore yet but I’m sure it’s coming.

  8. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! This is a great tip, and you are right, pushups are free. I’m going to start the challenge soon, and can’t wait to let you know how I did. Thanks for posting the link.

  9. @ Dag – Can’t wait to hear how you do! The more of us the more fun it will be.

  10. I got on board with the 100 push up program a couple weeks ago. I had a baby in May, and I’m working on getting my strength back, so I figured this would be a great way to do it. I did 20 on my first test, but I barely made it through W1D3, so I’m repeating week 1 right now. I’ll probably do each week twice, but that’s fine with me. I’m just happy to be doing them at all! Good luck to all of us!

  11. @ Frugal Babe – The fact that you had a baby so recently and you’re able to do 20 pushups is already impressive! A baby is a workout in itself! Good luck and let us know how you’re doing.

  12. Did you ever make it to 100?

    I find it hard to do press ups but manage around 50-70 if I try, oh and I do have a gym membership… it’s one of my biggest expenses, but I do make use of it.

  13. @ Living – I’m still working on the program. In week three now. I still have a ways to go before 100!

  14. Thanks for sharing, I think I will start this regiment as well. I don’t know if I’ll tell too many people though – I’m one of those people who has a thousand unfinished projects already 🙂

  15. This sounds like a great challenge that seems to be all the rage! Hopefully, I can keep up! 🙂

    Cardio Twister’s last blog post..How much does the Cardio Twister cost excluding the $14.95 to try?

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