100 Push Ups – I’ve Been Challenged To A Duel

by Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley on September 26, 2011

in Challenges

Simpsons Duel - Glove Slap

It looks like I’ll have a lot of push ups in my future! I’m sure that many of you remember when someone from my church suggested that Fat Guy should start running! If you read that article, you will remember that a [crazy] runner from my church suggested that I run with her in order to meet my weight-loss goals. Well, because I am too fat to run, I decided to walk and jog instead – even though I still get itchy legs when walking.

Well, the same runner (I’ll remove the “crazy” description, even though she can run over 50 miles) just challenged me today. Fortunately, she isn’t challenging me to a race or anything like that – but I still think I’m the underdog here.

The Push Ups Challenge

The challenge is to see which one of us will be the first to do 100 push ups in a row. I definitely see myself as the underdog here, since I weigh 3 times as much as she does, and she has guns that remind me of Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2 (ok, they aren’t that intense, but close) 😯 !

Linda Hamilton Terminator 2

We both are extremely competitive and it seems like we both love to be the underdog. She claims that I have an advantage because I have more/larger muscles than she does. Since push ups are mainly about strength and form, she feels that I am better suited to win the challenge. Of course, she is just saying this in order to provide a little extra motivation for herself.

Here is my argument – I’m much heavier than she is, so even though my muscles are larger, the fat on top of those muscles will make it much harder to do a lot of push ups consecutively. She has a lot of things going for her: A tight, compact frame, a strong upper body, and great stamina. Imagine how hard my muscles will have to work in order to push 275 lbs up 100 times!!! She just had a baby, so I get a little bit of a head start – I know I’ll need it!

I had planned to do push ups every day even before she issued this challenge, but having a “nemesis” will definitely help to keep me on track!

The Stakes Of The Push Ups Challenge

If she is the first one to be able to do 100 push ups in a row, then I will have to run in a 10k race with her 😯 !!! I’m sure that she’ll help me to train for the race, and not just throw me out there, but still…we’re back to the problem of Fat Guy running. She knows that I detest the idea of running, which is why she didn’t hold back when it came to picking my punishment the terms of the challenge.

We didn’t finalize what will happen once I win the challenge, but she made a great suggestion. She is a CPA (which is one of my goals), so she offered to help me out with some aspects of my business if she loses. I really like this idea because I need more of a professional support system – people who have done some of the things that I hope to do. Also, this may include having her write a couple of things for me – who knows.

Fat Guy’s Challenges

This will be the third challenge that I have faced since I started this site. The first was the Yakezie challenge – which I beat back in early Spring. This was specific to running the blog and meeting certain requirements (including having a low Alexa rank).

The second challenge was known as the First Fat Guy Challenge (I know, I know, I’m terrible with names), where I had to lose 15 lbs in a month. I ended up losing 16lbs and beating the challenge.

This push ups challenge will be the first one involving another person. I am competing head-to-head with someone who is very athletic and extremely competitive. This should be fun!

I plan to keep all of you updated with how many total push ups I do each day, and also, how many I am able to do consecutively. I am going to ask that my frenemy do the same. This will officially begin next Monday, so we have a week to work out how we will update everyone.

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retirebyforty September 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

100 push up in a row as in no rest at all? That is really tough! I agree that you are at a disadvantage. I know for pull ups, bigger guys have a big disadvantage even with bigger muscles. I’m sure it’s the same with push up. In addition to less weight to push, she has less distance to deal with (shorter arms.)
Good luck!

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Yep, 100 straight! Of course we’ll work our way up to it, but I think she’s much closer than I am!

I’ll keep you updated!

cashflowmantra September 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Good luck with this. I am going to enjoy this challenge from the comfort of my chair.

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Thanks! You don’t know how tempted I am to do the same!

Forest September 27, 2011 at 2:47 am

Awesome challenge Khaleef, it’s going to be tough but she might be right. If she has never done any strength training (her guns may just be from being lean) then she may be in the same boat as you.

As for the running, almost everyone hates it at the beginning, it isn’t comfortable but the challenge gets to you and then you start to love it.

When you can go and run a few miles just for a bit of fun that is when the sport becomes enjoyable and if you want it you’ll get it.

I’m almost wanting you to lose because I think you’ll enjoy the 10k and maybe she’ll still do the CPA help thing for you!

Seriously though, best of luck.

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I’m pretty sure that she has done strength training – she has me totally convinced about her superior athleticism!

You sound a lot like her regarding the running. I’m sure that I’ll enjoy this challenge and that we’ll have fun along the way.

I may even post a few videos of my workouts.

Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter September 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

This is quite the challenge. I am still trying to master push ups. I am good for 10-12 for now and then I need to take a break. My ultimate goal would be 1– but I am far from that.

Good luck with your challenge. Remember to start slow and always go slow with good form. You will be super strong at the end of this challenge since push ups are a great way to build entire body strength.

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I plan to do multiple sets a day, because I know that it will take a long time to build up to that level.

Maybe you can follow along and post your updates as well!

Financial Success for Young Adults September 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I’m terrible at push ups. I can do about 5 before I fall, but I have absolutely no upper body strength. I could do 100 lunges or 100 sit ups easily though. Good luck with the challenge!

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Then it sounds like you are in the same boat as I. Maybe you can join in!

Paul @ The Frugal Toad September 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Khaleef – I think this challenge deserves a video podcast! Congrats on breaking 100K!

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Hey Paul, I think I’m up for recording a few of the workouts. I definitely want to record the official challenge!

Squirrelers September 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Best of luck with the challenge. When stakes are high like that – such as running a 10k – it can be extra motivating!

I was once able to do a fair amount of push ups consecutively. Now, hitting 40…no way I could do 100 in a row. That kind of sucks to think about. I’ve been working to back into shape, regularly working out. Hopefully I’ll get back near that point. Won’t be joining you in any challenges like that though:)

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Thanks! To be honest, the thought of losing is more motivating than the run…although, I am dreading that as well.

You look like you’re in pretty good shape, so I’m sure you get to that point soon. Maybe you can unofficially join in, and update us with your progress every 2 weeks or so!

Denise @ The Single Saver September 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

Good luck with your challenge! I agree that having a nemesis will help motivate you.

Not to sound like a downer, but please be careful!!!! I worry what the strain of doing 100 push ups (or running a 10K if you don’t win the push up war) could do to your heart. Or, specifically, ANYONE’S heart. Be sure to train slowly and build up your strength and stamina and don’t push yourself if you start to feel sick, dizzy, etc. (Okay, lecture over… just be careful, K?).

I can’t do a push up to save my life so I would lose this challenge for sure!

And I agree with The Frugal Toad… video!!!

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Thanks Denise!

I’ll make sure that I take my time and build up to this! I can barely do 10 push ups right now, so I know that 100 is a far way away!

Maybe you can join in as well – no “challenge”, but you can post your updates and we can support each other!

By the way…you didn’t sound like an “overbearing mom”! 😉

Robert @ The College Investor September 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Good luck with the challenge. Push ups can be hard. I think I could do 10 perfect until I crash.

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Thanks Robert! I’m with you on the limit of 10, so I think we should do this together.

Steve Ryan September 28, 2011 at 5:35 pm

After you get fatigued doing normal push ups, go on your knees to crank out 20 more. Doing 100 in a row is extremely difficult. Good luck!

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing. I think that’s the only way I can get through this.


Amanda L Grossman September 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Wow–good luck!!!

As a side note, Linda Hamilton went to my college! (Washington College in Chestertown, MD). The gym was not that good….

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Thanks Amanda!

Did you ever get to meet her? Hopefully, she went back and donated money to fix up the gym! 😉

Travis Scott September 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Sounds like a good challenge. I don’t know where i would start…trying to lose weight or try to do the pushups right away. I hope you beat her….good luck!

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Thanks Travis. I’m actually working on both. I hope to get a boost by both working out carrying all this weight, and then having a lighter load while gaining muscle.

novel investor September 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

It’s definitely a lot easier to get motivated when there’s a friendly competition attached to it. Should be fun. Good luck!

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Thanks! I can’t wait until we start posting updates.

101 Centavos October 3, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Hi Khaleef, a hundred is a bunch of pushups. Second what other commenters said: if you’re a big guy, be careful on exerting yourself.
A quick tip on getting there quicker. Do as many as you can comfortably do, whether it’s 5 or 10 or 20. Then do repeated sets throughout the day. Morning, noon and night. You’ll be sore for the first few days, then it will progressively get easier, and you’ll be able to do longer sets. Elevate your feet gradually for more strength.

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Thanks for the tip! I think this is the only way that I can get through this challenge.

One question: What exactly did you mean by, “elevate your feet gradually for more strength“?

Brad Chaffee October 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

100 push-ups in a row? At around 275 my arms would break off before I reached 10! When I was doing P90X I was only doing about 6 pushups regular and then the rest on my knees.

Great meeting you btw at fincon11 man!! I wish we would have had more time to talk but the speed round of networking didn’t allow for that plus that annoying whistle didn’t help.

Subscribing to your blog now! 😀

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Hey Brad, I’m around 275 (or more) right now so I know what you mean! At least you’re much taller than I am.

I think it would be great if you worked your way up to 100 push ups along with us! Post the updates on EoF or you can just leave them as comments on my updates.

that crazy runner October 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

did i mention that i just had a c- section – 4 weeks ago???!! my muscles have been cut! CUT!! i have a feeling you’ll be seeing 100 way before i will. but it’ll be fun regardless of who wins. i know i need to get back into the swing of things, so this will be a great way to keep each other accountable. by the way, we didn’t discuss rules… we’ll have to put something in writing 🙂
my husband also mentioned that we should video-proof our pushups.

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 8:24 pm

All I heard was C-blah, blah, blah! 😉

We can come up with the official rules on Sunday and then post them here. I think having you do them with Adam on your back is fair!

I am going to periodically post videos (maybe once a week) on the site, and it would be great if you sent me videos of you doing them as well. Also, I think we should meet up and do them head-to-head once one of us claims to have hit 100!

Maybe we can do it at the church after you pull Stan’s Hummer!

The Wife October 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I am here for you hon! I know you can do it… and the 10k too 😀

Fat Guy October 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Pretty sure I won’t be doing a 10k anytime soon! 😉

Invest It Wisely November 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

I can make it to 40 before crapping out. I need to work on this, too! YFS sent me over with his pushup video.

Fat Guy November 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Hey Kevin, let me know if you want to be a part of the challenge. I had to push things back because people were having trouble with getting the videos to me. Just send me an email.

Invest It Wisely November 25, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I don’t think I’ll send videos in, but I’ll follow your progress and keep you guys updated with mine, haha. YFS is doing really well so far!

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