We’re at the halfway mark of our 31 Days of Push-ups (+ Poetry) Challenge. How’s it going for you? After a day off from the push-ups, lets get back in with a simple task:

100 perfect push-ups

You have all day to do them and can break them up however you like, but try to get in at least 2 big sets. Move your hand position around to keep your joints fresh & spry. If you want to use this as a benchmark, do all 100 and time it. Let us know in the comments when you’re done, and your time if that’s relevant. Perfect means your chest touches the ground and you maintain a flat plank from shoulders to knees (or toes). As always, we have a slight preference for doing a full plank push-up from a bench than a push-up on your knees.

The poem for Friday is by the Persian philosopher Rumi. Each of your push-ups is one of…

A Hundred Ways to Kiss the Ground
Jalaluddin Rumi (trans. Coleman Barks)

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.