One of my BIGGEST pet peeves? ”Girly Pushups”.
I’ve made an effort to NEVER call them “girly” push-ups. I really, really wish everyone would stop calling them that as well. I’ve got MANY reasons for this, but the most important ones are…
1. It creates a comfort zone for women, where they don’t expect more of themselves. There’s nothing wrong with modified pushups, but they can be a fantastic stepping stone to harder modifications. Ladies are MORE than capable of handling full pushups (hello! here!) and there’s no limits to what we can do. Many women have NO idea they are capable of regular pushups: they don’t try ‘em.
2. It creates a shame zone for men who are still working up to basic push-ups. It makes them hesitant to try the modified version, for fear of being deemed ”ladylike” (which is another issue for another day. No time for gender politics right now, but I could go on and on). Many men can benefit from working their way up and building strength with modified versions, especially if they have injuries (wrists, back) that make other variations too challenging.
Modifications have their place in EVERYONE’s routine, and even the fittest people need to modify their exercises to suit their bodies. The goal with modifications is to HELP you get the most out of your fitness. Not to hold you back OR to make you feel ”less than”.
Ladies, try stepping outta the modified zone. If you can do 12 modified pushups, it’s time to get on all fours! Even just ONE. One is the gateway to TWO. Two is the gateway to THREE.
Fellas, if regular pushups are just NOT in the cards right now, drop to your knees. Screw anyone who would DARE comment. Screw em. Secure men wouldn’t comment anyways.
If you’re not up to full pushups for ANY reason (injury specifically), you can still make modified pushups more challenging. Try adding weight (a vest, backback or plate), a resistance band (each end under a hand and looped around your back), stagger them (one hand slightly more forward to the other, or elevated on a book, dumbbell or block), or slow them down: the slower you go, the harder they are.
And whatever you do, for once and for all: they are modified push-ups. NOT “girly” pushups.
I’m doing 1000 pushups this week, and I want you to do them with me!
Even if you can’t IMAGINE yourself doing this many pushups, I’m telling you it’s do-able. You have the power!
If you’re still working up to full pushups, try them against a wall, on an incline (hands on a chair, bench or couch) or from your knees! If you do 10 every hour while you’re awake, that’s 160 pushups a day. Push that to 20 reps every hour and that’s 320 in one day alone.
If you SUCK at pushups, trust me: take this challenge! Starting next week, pushups will seem easier than they ever have. And that’s a BAD ASS feeling. Chase it.
Where: Anywhere! Your living room, office, the park, the bus, outside, inside, etc.
When: 3/11/2013 - 3/17/2013
Goal: 1000 Pushups, your choice of variations.
Need help? See tips & modifications for ALL levels. Working Your Way to Perfect Pushups…
ALL pushups count. Even if you’re advanced/intermediate, you can switch to modified pushups at any time. Beginners can switch to easier modifications as well.
Advanced & Intermediate Pushup Peeps
1000 pushups is tough for most people, but if you’re a pushup QUEEN (or KING), challenge yourself with harder modifications. There are HUNDREDS of ways to do a pushup that will challenge your body from head to toe. This is a great week to try new variations, work on speed or add difficulty. Try harder modifications like decline pushups (feet elevated), one leg pushups, spiderman pushups (bring a knee to your elbow as you lower), explosive pushups (get some air!) and more. They don’t ALL have to be hard, but making some of them tougher can help you get the most out of this challenge.
Every inch of me wants to tell you to set your own goal if this is too intimidating: 500 might seem more reasonable for some people. But I don’t want to do that because I truly believe you GOT this. Anyone can do this challenge! Don’t sell yourself short. Try your best & we’ll revisit this in a month!
Hit it HARD bad asses. :)
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Hundreds of people are doing this challenge. Get IN on it!