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How Doug Pruden Sets Push Ups Records

Doug Pruden sets another push up record

Doug Pruden sets another push up record

I heard from Doug Pruden again. He holds many records for push ups, and I wrote about him over five years ago. Here is his latest email about a new record he set and how he does it. Amazing and inspirational. I’ve bold-faced some of his words that apply to anything, not just push ups.

Recently did 81 knuckles (fist) pushups in 1 minute of record time. Golden book of world records and record holders republic. many ask me how can a person do so many push ups in record time. Doing one very well, just one. Fist, back of the hand, one arm, or regular push ups. You have to first start. Then add a bit more each day and pretty soon you can do many.

I started at a younger age in high school and then moved on to do it in the gym and then challenged world records. Its work and deeper breathing for sure. You get your own body accustomed and used to it each day. 50 at a time , non stop or 75m, 100 etc. Training and practice. At ever increasing inclines from a wall or chair until you reach the horizontal position. Eventually accustoming your body angle to the floor, over weeks, months and years. Doing it every day like some play Video games or watch tv shows. Routine and habit but a good one at least for 30 minutes each day. At graduated angles till you reach complete horizontal from “vertical wall” position. Stand near a wall or grab type of gym bar that is stable and start practicing eventually bringing the body further out till your able to do it on the floor and then over months add speed. A Customizing the body to a new routine.

No one is born being able to do anything. But we all can learn to do everything if there is a will. Pushing against and out before you can push “up”. Its first for exercise and then for strength and stamina and health and very last for records! 999 out of 1000 of us will never reach world record speed but some can come close and try their best to improve their own levels. Only about 20 people have world records in push ups and only 3 or 4 last for over a decade. Its hard to do. But possible to do if you commit to it. Enjoy it FIRST for fitness and have fun. I never thought of any records when it was just an exercise. Find something you are good at and make the world a better place. That thing can be anything that benefits society.

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Doing 10,000 Push Ups

I asked the Push Up Guy, Doug Pruden, a question about setting world push up records:

“Doug…when you do 10,000 push ups in 8 hours, are these non-stop? Do you take bathroom or coffee breaks?”

Here is his answer:

“The 10,000 record was done in the heat of the summer outside. From noon till 8:30pm, and there were 35 water/juice breaks in the time span. There were no bathroom breaks, I sweated very much. A very calorie burning day, and 100’s of people could not bear to watch the 10,000 in the 27 Celsius heat, to its full completion. They did cheer to the end.

An entire work shift of push ups all video taped yet.”

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Can I Do 100 Push Ups?

Initial Push Up Test—most people rank 2 or 3

Having recently posted the story by Doug Pruden, the Push Up Guy, who still holds many world and national push up records, I decided to do push ups myself, and see if I could improve my strength and performance. I am still stuck in the low 40’s, doing about 43 consecutively, although today I did 46. My lifetime record achieved over 20 years ago was 57.

When I told my son that I wasn’t working on my abs, but doing push ups instead, he told me about a site that shows you how to reach 100 consecutive push ups within six weeks, NO MATTER HOW LOW YOU START!

Anyway the challenge intrigued me: could I do what the program instructed, three times a week, a total of just 30 minutes a week? It sounds minimal and easy. Just requiring the discipline that I generally don’t have.

Years ago a runner friend of mine challenged me to run a 7-mile mini-marathon. I trained for over a month in the late summer afternoons, when the sun was low. I could do it pretty easily. The day of the race, at 1:00, OOPS! It was 93 degrees. I had no experience drinking while running. I had never watched a long distance race and seen all the water-gulping. So when I reached the finish line, the med guys told me to immediately hit the red cross tent—I was so de-hydrated—and I really scared my family who couldn’t find me right away, then saw me on a stretcher with ice on my head and a face that was paper white. They thought I’d had a heart attack. Meanwhile, lying right next to me, a 22-year-old was being asked if he had any “next of kin,” before he was ambulanced to the hospital.

I never ran in a race again, and I now know a bit more about accepting running challenges.

So here we go with this push up challenge: Can he do more than 46 or 57 push ups, folks? Will he be able to set a new personal best record? Will he reach 100? Will he be able to make himself do the exercises three times a week for six weeks?

Stay tuned as I report on my progress…or lack of it. Also place your bets and let me know the odds in each direction. I am not yet determined…but I am amused. I’d really love to be able to just make the effort. Breaking my lifetime record of 23 years ago would also be very very satisfying…and I should have a few more muscles as well.

Finally as Doug said, no commuting to the gym, no more hours in the car, no more polluting the atmosphere with more gas fumes, no expensive gym fees.

So starting tomorrow…I will start the program…wish me luck.

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How And Why Doug Pruden Sets World Records For Push Ups

On September 14th this year, I wrote about Superhumans who do thousands of push ups. One of those world record holders, Doug Pruden, has written to me with his life story and then answered some questions I asked him. Like how do you do so many and what motivates you? Doug has done 10,000 regular push ups in 8 hours. What an inspiration…

Push ups are the big revolution of my life. In grade school I failed physical education, if 50% is a grade for health. Not great at team sports. Preferred the individual sports and wanted to still excel at something so I choose what cost little and did not require a gym or expensive membership. Just get down and drop and do over 1000 at home to my own music and setting and then shower up and relax in front of the T.V. for a bit and eat!

I was able to set over a dozen world records and be entered 4 times into the Guinness world records. Latest is the 2010 book! In there for 1025 one arm push ups on the back of my hand in one hour done November 8th 2008 at the Don Wheaton Family YMCA. Have set other records like 1000 fist push ups in 18 minutes and 13 seconds! And get this: 1382 one armers in 30 minutes back in 2003. From Edmonton Alberta Canada. Through athletic presentations in schools, the push ups are very motivational to students and adults alike.

Doug sets Guiness records for back-of-hands push ups—2005

I do push ups because fitness is a mandatory part of my life above just earning a living etc, that most people just concern themselves with. I do it for the glory of God and Jesus of course, and for myself and my health. Its a great free exercise, meaning no weights and commuting to a gym in smoggy traffic full of irritated drivers. I’d rather be at home and work out and feel great afterwards about the day. I can do the exercise at world record speed by myself and then tell people I do that and they can pay me to prove it to them!

The key is determination and just working out every day. World records are painful, but fun when you break a record in the end! There are rules and requirements for world records. I have to follow them to a tee. Tough and rugged is what you must be. It certainly does take great stamina so you must be really tough minded and be prayed up in the spirit. Like you need divine intervention to do this and to be your best. ONE CAN USE ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET. I can do 100 one-arm push ups in a row quite regularly.

Here you got the basics. I actual hated physical education because it was physical education in school. You HAVE TO educate your body to do it till its routine. Routine and your body expects it. Everyone has routines and habits. I am used to it and everyone expects me to succeed now. That alone is such great positive peer pressure. Or public pressure to be number one again and again. It was not here before but now it is since the public is used to me doing push ups well. I originally just expected myself to do it. First at 1 minute then 5 minutes then 10 minutes then 20, 30, 40, 50 minute time intervals, etc. You have to try someplace. Little steps. Now its still little steps but a whole bunch in an hour! Little steps, little time intervals one after another.

Every person young and old, who wants to be fit, must in addition to rest and hydration, eat healthy, meaning a balanced diet, with an emphasis on proper nutrition. My own careful diet selections include: fruits, veggies and protein diet. Harmful lifestyles such as: smoking, drinking in excess, or banned substances should have no part in your fitness regime and decisions. You don’t need to be a superstar to be healthy and fit, just a determination and will to do it right. Fitness and health is the worlds best wealth to acquire and achieve. If You need incentive, healthy living must be the first one, which helps create a healthy mind and soul. Most of the greatest athletes, actors and leaders in music are also fit. Some very fit. They need it for their busy, hectic, and scheduled celebrity lives. Fitness has caused me to live a more interesting life filled with unique friends, and a desire to work more efficiently at whatever I find myself doing. It is so much of apart of my life, I am fortunate to be blessed with this strength from God.

One should find a motivation for staying fit. For me it is being more public with it, by doing world records and presentations to children (in a school) or adults. What productivity is there if you just do fitness and not gain from it other than a fit body? That is why I did world records. Fitness for me is a mandatory daily activity, because of the connection I made with everything else I do, and everyone I met. It can just flow in my lifestyle. It’s a passion for health and a wonderful tool for reaching young athletes. I talk about it, and they talk to me about it because of world records. There certainly comes with it respect, honor, letters, media interviews, demos, etc with this. It’s fun to do what you want and what you like and get something motivational from people in return for it. You can meet people from every walk of life, everywhere because of it. The sky is the limit with what I can do with being a multi-record holder.

According to Wikipedia, Doug set the following national/world records

* 5557 Fist push ups in 3:02:30 hours on July 9, 2004
* 1000 fist push ups in 18:13 minutes on July 9, 2003
* 114 one arm push ups in one minute in March 2003
* 546 one arm push ups in 10 minutes on July 30, 2003
* 1382 one arm push ups in 30 minutes on July 30, 2003
* 1,777 one arm push ups in 1 hour on November 2004 (2521 world record Paddy Doyle)
* 575 Back of Hand push ups in 15 minutes on April 29, 2005
* 1045 Back of Hand push ups in 30 minutes on April 29, 2005
* 1781 Back of Hand push ups in 1 hour on July 8, 2005 (world record of 1940 held by John Candy)
* 677 push ups on one arm on the Back of hand on November 9, 2005
* 1025 push ups on one arm on the Back of hand on November 8, 2008 (2010 Guinness)
* 59 push ups on one arm on the Back of Hand on March 24, 2007

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