This world thrives on shiny packaging. People have forgotten to look for the real value behind a product and can easily be deceived by glossy boxes with tits on them. Of course, this whole process is facilitated by the media which tries to acts as a mediator between humans and the cosmos. Through manipulation of the five senses we are blinded by commercial lightnings, which is the reason for the incredibly large amount of disinformation out there. Putting your faith in shallow things rarely works for a long time.
One really simple example of this is the belief that action heroes from movies (often prisoners), get really muscular by just doing push-ups. Most of the time the editors uses some shredded guy, magical lightning and a lot of editing to create a touching training scene. As a result naive teenagers start obsessing over push-ups, thinking the exercise is the ultimate way to get ripped like their idols. Ironically, in many situations push-ups may not even be part of the actor’s training program. The only one hurt at the end, however, is the ignorant spectator who is mislead into thinking that push-ups are an advanced exercise that could lead to out of this world physique.
It’s true that push-ups are a pretty decent movement with many positive sides – they are much kinder to your shoulder girdle than the bench press and can be done everywhere. However, in order for them to be effective, you have to program them accordingly and switch to harder variations or add weight instead of chasing some arbitrary numbers like 100 that only build endurance and not much strength.
High rep push-ups are not going to make you stronger past the point of diminishing returns. Who is stronger: the person that can do 100 push-ups or the one that can only do 50-70? You don’t know because after a certain level repetitions are not an indicators of strength. Some people are better at high rep sets while others do well with low numbers. It depends mainly on your muscle fiber distribution and ability to activate your CNS during heavy sets.
Back in the day, when I first started training, I was often visiting a mainstream website, which was occasionally showing the alleged workouts of Hollywood celebrities. The images and the words of the authors convinced me that by doing push-ups with different grips I was going to build a ton of muscle. That didn’t happen. Today, I know that the mainstream media rarely reveals the actual fundamental principles behind success.
You do many things in a day, month, year or ultimately your whole life. However, only a few actions actually make a change. The rest is fluff that does not produce measurable progress, even though it’s needed in some situations. The media and the economical system don’t want us to know about anything but that fluff. Playing with the generally lazy and programmable human nature offers more benefits for corporations compared to telling the truth.
That’s why instead of showing us the true way to get stronger and leaner including programming and the basic laws of lifting, the TV keeps on inserting shallow flesh based images in humanoids’ heads. This results in false beliefs that often take you away from your real goals. A perfect example are those machines meant to shape your mid-section while you are watching your favorite movies. Many decades had to pass until those started fading away. I think they are still here.
I have nothing against being able to do 100 push-ups. It’s a great ability and it will definitely improve your physical condition. However, you have to realize what you are actually doing.
Sorry, but you are not going to get shredded as a side effect since diet is number one when it comes to body fat reduction.
What 100 push-ups will do for you is this:
improve the endurance of your front shoulders, triceps, chest, serratus anterior and core;
increase general stamina;
maybe build some muscle depending on how untrained you are when you start;
increase the work capacity of your upper body;
That’s pretty much it. You are not going to become some sort of ninja thanks the mythical 100 push-ups in a row.