Many trainer websites and apps for challenges such as 200 squats, 100 push-ups, 20 pull-ups, etc., have you do five sets of certain repetitions every other day.
I wanted to run by you a different approach, to know your thoughts on it, and whether anyone has already tried it successfully.
Instead of increasing the number of reps every other day, I propose to do 100 push-ups at increasing levels of difficulty. So on day one, we will do 100 push-ups at a near vertical position. Then, every other day, we will increase the difficulty by moving to a more horizontal position. Eventually, we should be able to do 100 push-ups at a proper horizontal push-up position.
My hypothesis is that by doing the target number of reps right from the beginning, we'd be conditioning the body to handle it and the weakest link in our body may be more apparent.
It may also be more motivating, since you should be able to do the target reps at the easiest difficulty and it may be easier to increase the difficulty, by even 1%, as opposed to gearing up to a certain required number of reps.
You can also do push-ups/pull-ups at a higher difficulty and can move to a lower difficulty, while working out. You may also only spend the same amount of time, each time, since you are doing the same number of repetitions every other day.
The alternative would be to use bands to ease your push-ups/pull-ups, and you'd do the regular training with a different band, each time you complete the challenge. Example: Complete the 20 pull-up challenge with a blue band, then green, then purple, red, and without any.
I think I'll try a mix of the two for now.