Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m., some of Redfin’s finest physical specimens have been stripping down to our under-shirts to compete in the 100-pushup challenge. We’ve been faithfully working through the 6-week program, which promises to build anyone into a mini-Schwarzenegger, for 14 weeks.
We embraced the macho rhetoric of the 100-pushups website (“let’s face it… most of you reading this won’t even be able to manage 20 pushups. Actually, I’m sure many of you can’t even do 10”). We measured our intervals with the iPhone’s stopwatch. We webcast our efforts so we could improve our form. There was talk at one heady moment of a Redfin calendar.
Weeks of pain ensued.
When Rob McGarty first cooked up the challenge, I somehow fancied myself a hulked-up leader presiding over a scrawny pack of over-awed colleagues. Reality was instead populated by the strapping Adam Wiener, Jamie DeMichele, Chris Glew, Dave Billings and Jason Brackins, all of whom are possessed of orangutang strength.
Today, the greatest of them all, Jamie DeMichele — senior Redfin data engineer, derisive pec-squeezer — ripped off 100 with hardly any sign of strain:
We’re still awaiting results from the drug-testing labs, but it seems certain we have a winner! Way to go Jamie!