Want to do 100 reps? Follow these 3 steps!
Performing 100 straight repetitions of any exercise represents a fitness milestone. But admit it—you’ll also get a big ego boost out of the deal, as well as gain a truckload of gym cred.
There’s only one problem: How do you get there?
Cliff Turner, a personal trainer at the 92Y May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport, gave us three tips for entering the 100-rep club:
- Perform a target exercise, like push ups, for as many reps as possible within a specific timeframe. Ten minutes should be sufficient.
- You can take breaks during those 10 minutes, but remember the objective—as many reps as you can.
- Dedicate one day to this routine and perform your regular workouts that involve your target exercise throughout the week.
Turner doesn’t want you to feel punked by 100 reps. “You can think of it as 10 reps each minute for 10 minutes,” he says.
Placing your muscles under reasonable stress for one day each week, while allowing for sufficient active and passive recovery time, will increase your stamina. Even if you can’t perform 100 straight repetitions after following this regimen, you’ll likely find that you can knock out more reps than before. Turner is currently using this technique to perform deadlifts. 750 times.