Bodyweight Training – The 100 Pushup Philosophy

The 100 Pushup Philosophy

I have always said a man that can do 100 straight pushups will
almost always be in great shape. How can I say that a man that
can do only 100 pushups be in great shape?

The first thing is 100 straight pushups are not easy for the average
man or even most weight trainers. I have been training for over
30 years and have never seen any man do 100 straight pushups in

I have seen 70 I have even seen 80 pushups in a row but not 100.

The reason that 100 pushups are rare is because it takes more
than just strength it also requires a total body effort to execute
the pushup while keeping the body straight throughout the
entire exercise.

But, to get the big bench almost always requires low reps and
long rest periods. Sometimes longer than 2 minutes. Building
a big bench is not getting you conditioned to do anything but
lying down and pushing a weight off your chest. And oh yeah
telling people how much you can bench.

Really, how many men do you think that go to the gym can do
many more than 50 pushups? Here’s another difference with
the pushup and the bench press. Training to bigger bench
numbers, you will push and push and push some more all in
the name to get the big bench, but the majority of people once
they get to their max number of pushups stop and think workout

The Bench press requires no conditioning what so ever to get
stronger. But, there is no way you are not going to be sucking
wind working up to 100 pushups, pushups in a short period of
time become an anaerobic exercise meaning no oxygen.

No oxygen to the muscles means hard times and this is when
most will quit. Pushing a little farther will not mean injury. What
it means is you will train your mind and body to get a little
tougher and stronger.

I have seen it many times over the years; bring me a guy that
can do 100 pushups some pull-ups and sprints. A guy that
can bench press 300 lbs and works his way through the gym
doing every type of bench incline, decline, cross over’s on
machines and does curls etc.

And put these two guys in an athletic type of contest and I
can almost guarantee that the man that can do 100 pushups
will be the winner and he will also be plenty strong!

And here is something you bench press specialists won’t like
to hear. Most guys in the gym that are focused on the bench
press are functionally weak. This is not my opinion it’s a fact
focusing on the bench press works very few muscles the
pushup works many more and conditions the at the same
time. So work to 100 pushups and see what  happens.

Toughness Builds Winners

Johnny Grube


  1. Joseph August says:

    I turned 64 this past March 6, 2016 and this morning did 110 solid push ups in one minute. Perhaps you do not believe me so I will do it again right now and post the video. NO gimmicks just real. I am 5’11” and weight about 235 at this time. Can bench press at least 350 on most days and have gone to about 365 at 64 yrs. of age. I can post that lift as well when my wife is willing to take the video.. however here are only 90 this afternoon (sorry() push ups in one minute. I hope to make them all solid and good ones as well. If you have any questions or reactions send me an email at Next time in the morning 100 promise.. Not quite this afternoon. but still not too bad you think??

  2. c herzog says:

    my question is: does a proper push-up require locking out your arms at the top and kissing the floor at the bottom? I have arthritic arm joints so keeping the torque on the muscles is less painful for me than going to a full extension at the top.

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  4. Just do 7 sets of 15 regular pushups with a great pushup bar for deeper pushes, 100 reps total. Do it Monday Wednesday Friday. You got to have rest in between. I’ve been doing this for weeks now, and it only takes about 15 minutes. I have achieved more muscle and strength. On Tuesday and Thursday, I do 3 sets of 30 bodyweight squats and 6 sets of 15 core exercise for cardio and lower body. Take the weekend off.

  5. Really, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone do even 20 push-ups in person. Now, I don’t hang around the type of person who WOULD be able to do 100 pushups all that much, but even most athletes I’ve seen just kind of bounce in place a bit while planking and call it a “push-up.”

    I’ve done at least one max set of pushups almost every day for the past 10-ish years. I started around 30 reps when I was in middle school and worked my way very slowly up to 45. One time I hit 50, I think. Not really a strategy for increasing reps, but it’s probably good enough to put me inn the 99th percentile of pushup-doers.

    Actually, I worked my way up very gradually from 30 to about 38, stagnated there for years, and then was just randomly able to do 45 for no apparent reason before stagnating again.

  6. I will be 80 years old, March 28, 2017. From September 14, 2015, to the present day, I have done 100 non-stop pushups every day without fail, a total of 541,000 pushups. Yesterday, I did 350 pushups (100 + 5 sets of 50). Today, I have already done 350 and will do three more sets of 50 to reach 500. I am not finding this difficult to do.

  7. Excuse the math. 54,100 pushups., not 541,000. 541 days X 100.

  8. I’m 15 and my record is 120 pushups and but I don’t think the last ten reps were as good I am 177.9 cm and 55.7kg

  9. Scott L Bell says:

    I am 63 years old just did 75 push-ups – do push-ups every other day and regularly do 1,000 per day. Have added tremendous growth to my chest in the three years have been doing. Have not had any joint pain – so will keep my plan for workouts. My goal since reading article is to get to 100 straight.

  10. I can do 90 pushups straight. Not the best form. Not slow or controlled, but i go all the way down, but i dont fully lock out. Still feels great. Im 18 years old, 6ft, 160lbs.

  11. Scott L Bell says:

    Am 63 years old and accomplished the 100 straight challenge yesterday going to keep pressing forward towards new personal bests.

  12. Scott L Bell says:

    I an 63 and just accomplished 110 straight push-up adding 10 a week. Feels great to continue to add push-ups.

  13. I am 18 years old, and I did one set beyond exhaustion every day for 8 months. At the end I did average 80 per day and I maxed out at 110, even though I could have done more and probably still can. It was not a PR attempt, I just 80 and felt somewhat alive and did another 30. Hardest experience in my life problably. I started out at 33. If you do beyond exhaustion every day, you will get good. By the way, I tested diamond push-ups recently, did 70

  14. Great job!

  15. Amazing job I look to the older guys for inspiration!

  16. Great job, keep in pushing!

  17. Amazing! You are an inspiration sir! I look to the
    older men for inspiration to not give up.

  18. Nice job! Mix up the pushups, parallel is all you really
    need. Short of locking out is good because it keeps tension on the muscles which will get stronger.

  19. Don’t worry about the last 10 bad ones just keep going!

  20. Adam McGaha says:

    I was doing a set of 100 before I started using the “perfect push-up” bars… could only do 30 of those. I recently got to 100 on those, (being a few more inches off of the floor to boot).. followed by hundreds more. I wait 2 minutes in between sets until 200. Then wait 3 minutes, followed by exercises on my total gym. My record which took a couple of hours was 1,600 (about a month or so ago). It will transform the way you think about yourself. The record set back in 1980 was over 10,000….was disheartened until I found this article. Keep posting this stuff. It helps ppl like me stay motivated. I shared this on FB.

  21. Scott L Bell says:

    Am 63 years old and accomplished 145 two days ago – it seems when one hits the first 100 that one adjusts to the pain level and can push further from that moment.

  22. Scott L Bell says:

    Am 63 years old and it seems since I hit the 100 goal it has been steady upward increase and 100 is now the norm – a couple hours ago did 170 straight have my eye on 200. Part of it is overcoming the pain threshold.

  23. I’m a skinny guy and don’t work out all that often. Today I did 100 push-ups, although they weren’t non-stop. If I recall the first rep was 15 push ups and slowly each succeeding rep became less and less until when I hit 90 and I could only muster 2 push-ups a rep. It was tough, but it wasn’t necessarily pain that made it tough. I pressed as hard as I could each rep, but I found my limit when I couldn’t physically extend my arms to raise my body despite my best efforts (in these instances it felt like an intense plank).
    I just share this because if anyone else is reading these comments and feels discouraged, don’t be. I feel like the first 100 push-ups (no matter how you get to them) are always the hardest for us beginners. Personally, doing these 100 push-ups today was more beneficial mentally than physically for me because it gave me confidence to continue.
    I’ll try to keep you guys updated weekly. I’m aiming to do 100 pushups tomorrow and after that who knows.

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