30 Day Push Up Challenge

Push Up Challenge

Once a year growing up, we all gathered in the gym to take the dreaded Presidential Fitness Challenge. While most of my classmates flew through the challenge, I always struggled. I am not flexible; I was not very strong or athletic, and the thought of competing challenges in order to determine if I was as fit as I should be (which I wasn’t) traumatized me EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. Eventually when I joined my Club Swim Team, I improved significantly, but until then I struggled through. My biggest dread of the whole ordeal was the push up section. I was horrid at pushups. I still am really. Upper arm and chest strength have never been things I could brag about.

When I was 10 years old, my Mom signed me up for a gymnastics/jazz dance class. I remember that I was supposed to hold myself up over a bar, while dangling above a foam pit. I was to hold this position for ten seconds before letting go, and well, I remember not being able to hold myself up. The teacher called me weak and had me do twenty push ups in front of everyone else in the class. I remember dropping down to do the pushups (which I could not do and were terrible) and burning with embarrassment. I never went back to that class. As a decently overweight, unsporty and bookish child, having my lack of strength paraded in front of other people did not seem like my idea of fun. When I did start swimming, I ended up losing a decent amount of weight, and gained a lot of strength. The Presidential Fitness Challenge didn’t scare me as much as the Suicide Pushup set we used to do, or the throw up set. I was able to complete the dreaded exercise. Also, burpees (which we called squat thrusts) became my new hated exercise.

Anyhoo, since stopping swimming, I have not kept up on my pushup ability. They are still an exercise that I tent to struggle with. So, henceforth the push up challenge was born. I am going to do ten descending sets of pushups. The plan is to do fifty-five push ups a day for 30 days. They can look however they need to look to complete the sets. That means if I need to do wall pushups, or pushups on my knees, I will do that. The goal is to have proper hand and arm placement and keep my back and butt aligned properly. Whatever modifications need to be made to maintain that, will be made. So, here is the plan. 

The Challenge

Set 1: 10
Set 2: 9
Set 3: 8
Set 4: 7
Set 5: 6
Set 6: 5
Set 7: 4
Set 8: 3
Set 9: 2
Set 10: 1

I will be looking at arm definition to watch progress, as well as ease of pushups. I’m hoping that by the end, I will be able to complete 55 perfect pushups. I’m stoked to begin this challenge! I’d love to hear about your progress too along the way! We can motivate each other and keep us all accountable!
What is your favorite push up modification? Are push ups easy or difficult for you? Comment below! Lets get to it!

Check out my week 1 update with tips and trick for improving your challenge before you make my same mistakes, here :)

If you like these challenges and want to be an overachiever and do a squat challenge simultaneously, check out the 30 Day Squat Challenge. I just completed it, and it was really rewarding as well.