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The Fitter You Press-up Challenge

We're going to do incrementally more press-ups together, every day this month.

(Yes I know we're a week into the month and in an ideal world it would have started on the 1st June, but it didn't so there you go, and anyway, it proves you can start your fitness journey *vomit* anywhere, any time). At some point today, I would like you to do 10, 20, or 30 press-ups (depending on your starting level of fitness). As an adult with a brain in your head, you should be able to workout what suits you. You should also workout that by the end of a 30 day period, you'll be doing 60 more in one sitting that you did today - which is amazing, especially if you don't think that number is achievable - trust me, it is. How?

  • Warm-up with some shadow boxing, upper body torso twists and arm circles

  • With your arms straight, bum clenched, and abs braced, steadily lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle or smaller. Depending on your level of experience, age, and flexibility, 90 degrees might be the lowest you’re able to go. If you can, go down until your chest (not face), hits the floor.

  • Try not to let your elbows go flying way out with each repetition. Keep them relatively close to your body, and keep note of when they start to fly out when you get tired.

  • Once your chest touches the floor (or your arms go down to a 90 degree angle), pause slightly and then explode back up until you’re back in the same position.

Can't do a press-up on your knees? Not a problem, carry out the same method above, on your knees. Just starting out and unsure about knee press-ups? Still not a problem, go for elevated hand push-ups - hands on a stable wall, walk back and repeat the above, lowering your chest to the wall and pushing back up. Too easy? Try your hands on the back of the bench. Right, I've just done my 30. Tomorrow, 32. Keep track of this; you simply have to do two more tomorrow, and watch your upper body strength rocket over the month. To really track this, grab a tape measure and find out what size your chest is (tape goes over the nipples - not like that). I'm at 41", let's see what happens in a month. BORING WARNING! Always consult a doctor/GP before starting/changing your fitness routine. Questions? Ask away! Best wishes, Matt "puuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush Mrs" Boyles

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