I recently started watching One Punch Man, which is a popular anime comedy. In it there is a running joke that a normal exercise routine any athlete might have, gave the hero super strength. That routine includes one hundred push ups. One hundred push ups seems to come up a lot. If you want a muscular chest, the answer is push ups, and the correct number is 100 a day.
I had heard this years ago, and started working my way up. I started at 20, and took years to consistently do that everyday. A couple of years after that, and I had worked myself up to 35. About 2 months ago I realized it's been a while since I've pushed myself.
To my surprise, I was able to push myself to 50 a day in just a couple of weeks. Now this is 50 in a row, once a day, everyday. But I only did that for 3 days. Then I took a week off to pack, because I didn't want to exhaust my will power during that time. Packing had to get done. And after my move I was very sore and didn't start up again for another week.
To my surprise, 35 was work again. It took me two weeks to get back to 45, and that was like pulling teeth. I decided to try something different. I tried 2 sets of 25, just until I got back into the swing of things. It was crazy easy. Too easy, even. I did 2 more sets of 25.
I finally did 100 push ups in a day, and it wasn't even hard.
I checked around online, and found out that's pretty normal. Most people do "sets" of "reps" when it comes to exercise. I also found out my form is bad. I was taught when young that there should be the space of a fist between your chest and the ground when doing push ups, and it looks like your nose should actually touch the ground.
So, there is work to be done, but after all this time, can't believe I'm finally here. I'll be fighting crime in no time.