6 weeks to One Hundred Pushups
I found this pushup program back in August and decided to give it a try. It “promises” that in 6 weeks anyone can be up to 100 consecutive pushups without stopping. I’ve followed the program to the tee but haven’t been able to get past week 3. Looking for an alternative, I got to thinking…
Being able do 100 pushups consecutively is not as well suited for karate conditioning as being able to do, say, 25 pushups as quickly as possible. Shooting for this goal instead would give the trainee prolonged, explosive muscle control as well as strength. All training, no matter the sport or art, must find a balance between speed and strength. Some people are able to achieve great strength at high speed. Others, great speed at the expense of strength. Then there is the link between the two: with great speed comes greater strength (sounds like a cliche comic book quote). This is not quite the case; in reality its a greater energy that’s generated, but that’s a topic for other articles.
Being able to do 100 pushups will definitely give you a lot of muscle endurance and in time, great strength (e.g. if you put weights around your mid-section for instance). But with all that muscle mass, your techniques are guarenteed to slow down. What we want instead is explosion of force. So try for fewer pushups as fast as possible.