Workout Wednesday // One

push up challenge 

Now I don’t know about you, but I’m always impressed by women doing pushups. They’re seen as being a “man” workout, yet for such a simple move they are really effective and very beneficial to women too!

For the past three weeks I’ve been doing pushups every evening in an attempt to build up the strength in my arms and shoulders in preparation for Total Warrior on Saturday. Pushups look simple, yet they are in fact quite difficult to master – but as with everything if you practice them little and often you’ll soon build up your strength. For women, pushups helps create those gorgeous Jennifer Anniston arms and work our abs and chest, which improves posture and lifts boobs.

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I admit I do a mixture of full pushups and modified ones where I use my knees for additional support, as I haven’t yet built up loads of strength. However since I started three weeks ago my strength has come on leaps and bounds, and I’m already noticing a big difference in the tone of my arms and chest. To improve my performance further,  I’m going to give the pushup challenge below a go and complete it doing full pushups!

 

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Do you incorporate pushups into your workout routine? Do you see the effect of them?

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. jesscawabbit says:

    I do the ‘women’s’ push up as well, my god they are so much harder than I expect every single day, so worth it though xx

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    1. They work well though! 😀

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  2. Emma says:

    I do competitive cheerleading and we have to do push ups every training for conditioning as well as other conditioning exercises. When I first started 4 years ago I was dreadful but now I can do push ups with a lot more strength and all the variants have become a lot easier. It does give you a lot of strength. My faves are diamond press ups. Good luck with your push up challenge! Xxx

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    1. Wow everyday for 4 years is amazing! Bet your arms are impressive!

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  3. I do push ups too 🙂 I do them as part of my yoga training, so sometimes you hold the push up just off the ground for a minute, which is like a plank but soooo much harder! Gets results though and you feel great when you can do it for longer. Great post sweetie! xx

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    1. Thanks Natasha! I’ve tried those hovering planks and they are tough!

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  4. Bethan says:

    I love push ups! I do admit that I do the modified version, but I am fastidious about making sure my upper body form is spot of to get the most out of each set – they are hard, and I can feel that I’ve done them for days, but they make me feel so strong and like a total bad ass!

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    1. Modified is better than none! Totally get the bad ass feeling too!

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  5. I’ve never had any upper body strength and struggled with push ups. I’ve bee doing 30 day shred and there’s some in that noticed an improvement
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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    1. The 30 day shred is great for building strength – I love it!

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  6. I tried a push up challenge in January but have no upper body strength so I found it so tough! Needless to say I’ve given it up now!

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    1. Aww no – try and do just a couple everyday – they’ll soon become easier.

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