Workout Routines

From Here to Eternity: The Century Program

Ten sets. One hundred reps. Two workouts per week. Are you up for our Century Program? Try it and find out.


Nothing'’s too tall, too fast or too dangerous for today'’s extreme athlete. You'’ve probably even seen such amazing feats on TV --— guys who surf tsunami-sized waves, snowboard the rockiest and steepest peaks in the world, or compete in an ultramarathon in the stiking heat of Death Valley, California. Truth is, there's nothing comparable to that in the gym. Or is there?

Even if you'’ve loaded three plates on each side of the bar to attempt your first 300-plus bench press, or those ass-to-the-floor heavy squats you powered through as you swallowed back the contents of your stomach -- those experiences were just a warm-up for what we have in store for you here. In fact, this technique is so extreme that it'’s likely way beyond the realm of anything you'’ve tried in the confines of the gym.

Originally developed by someone with an obvious penchant for pain and torture, hundreds training has lurked on the fringes of the iron world, well out of the mainstream, and for good reason. One, only a select few can survive this method for long before retreating to the relative safety and comfort of their 3-5 sets, 8-12 reps per exercise routines. Two, since not many have chosen to venture into this far-flung territory, science has yet to prove or disprove the value of this system.

No, instead, you must simply trust the word of the handful of experts who believe in it, and the guys from the trenches who'’ve tried hundreds and lived to tell their tales. They'’ll tell you: This mad training method will leap any rut and launch you from any plateau. It may indeed be one of the best ways to kick-start growth for even the most stubborn hardgainer. There aren'’t reams of research to back up doing 100-rep sets. But the unorthodox style has earned enthusiastic support from a few competitive bodybuilders who'’ve experimented with it through the years and reported successful results, including 1980 Mr. California Rory Leidelmeyer, 1986 USA light-heavyweight runner-up Tom Touchstone and 1989 World Pro Championships winner Diana Dennis.