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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me., 17 April 2010
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This review is from: 7 Weeks to 100 Push-ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Arms, Abs, Chest, Back and Gluts by Training to Do 100 Consecutive Push-ups (Paperback)
There is nothing new in this book at all and I don't think the approach of increasing numbers and sets but leaving rest periods the same works either.Doing a 100 press ups divided into sets of ten or twenty and steadily decreasing the rest period makes more sense and certainly got me up to 60 press ups at 44 years old. All those who follow and are successful with the program from the book must be super light with incredible muscular endurance. I find it hard to believe that a runner with no previous upper body training can succeed with this program, as stated in the book.
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Initial post: 4 Aug 2011 18:35:43 BDT
Lugus Luna says:
I agree. I actually have worked out pretty much all my adult life, and was doing push ups as part of my routine before starting this. I did 40 in my initial test, which the program indicated meant I should start at week 4 day 1 in the program, and was supposedly going to be doing 100 two weeks later. I followed the program religiously for seven weeks, repeating days and weeks as suggested, and at the end, not only was I not doing 100 in one go, I had actually lost ground! In my last test I was only able to do 37! I'm 59 years old, so I didn't expect to progress as fast as someone younger, but I did expect to at least make progress. The rate of progress this program demands is simply not reality. Even in my 20's, when I was a competition martial artist and could bench press 250 lbs tens times and do 15 hand stand pushups (a hand stand, then lower down, kiss the floor and push yourself back up again) I would not have progressed at the rates suggested by this program. You would have to be very light, have very short arms and an unnatural amount of growth hormone for this to work for you. I frankly think it's a scam to drive traffic to their website to sell ads space and to drive sales of the book. The program I was using before this to regain strength after shoulder surgery works a lot better. That program was to do 150 push ups in the fewest sets I could manage and in the shortest period of time I could manage, timing myself each day and always trying to beat the time. With this approach I went from only being able to do a handful of "cheater" push ups (from the knees rather than toes) after surgery to doing 150 in four sets and in less than 20 mins with a max set of 45. Then I switched to this program and seven weeks later I'm only doing 37 in one go at the most, so I'm going back to my previous program. This one is nonsense, don't waste your money!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012 12:09:16 GMT
Dubbie says:
Great advice pertaining to this book. I've always felt that push-ups vary in relation to each individual and cannot be forced too much or else you'll go backward.. Thanks for you comment, I won't be buying this book..
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