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Pushups.

I can’t believe how many of you have been keeping up with your pushups! That is fabulous. I truly think doing some everyday is one of the secrets to strength and confidence. :)

 

If you can’t even do one pushup, that is ok! In fact – it’s great. You have a goal to start working on today. Start practicing. Not sure how?

Try this:

1. Begin in a pushup/plank position. Make sure you are holding in your abs, your back is not arching, and your bum is not up in the air.

2. Lower yourself to the ground.

THAT’S IT.

Practice that a few times a day, for a few days, until you feel comfortable and strong enough to push yourself up.

No matter what, NEVER sacrifice your form. I’d rather you not do pushups at all, than do them improperly.

So what’s next? You can do one pushup, but only one. Where do you go from there?

 

Start now:

1. Perform that one pushup, every day, 5 times a day. You can rest in between. You can perform one pushup, and drop to your knees and perform as many as you can do, again in perfect form. As long as you are not injured or ill, perform those pushups every single day.

2. Set a goal. After one week, try to increase to two pushups in a row. Again, perform them 5 times a day. You can do it!

Eventually, you will be up to 10, 15, 25, maybe even 50.

 

25 Days of Workouts

WORKOUT #19 – PUSHUPS

It may not be a workout per se, but I include pushups in every single workout I do. I love a variety, so here are some of my favorites.

Staggered pushups

Medicine ball pushups

Pushup with clap

Plyo pushups (on knees or feet)

Stability ball pushups

One-arm pushup

Triceps pushup

Diver bomb pushup

Remember – all of these pushups also work your abs. Make sure to keep them full engaged the entire time.

*Don’t mind any of the goofy videos – just wanted to give you guys an idea of what each pushup looked like.

Now . . . get on those pushups! :)

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11 Responses to “Pushups.”

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat) — December 23, 2009 @ 9:47 am

    Okay so this is my 2nd time commenting on your blog this morning and I haven’t commented on any others (let alone finish reading my email!). I just wanted to say that I keep thinking about doing the 100 pushup challenge. I did so many pushups (tricep pushups too) when I did gymnastics and I’ve since lost all that pushup strength :(

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    Shelley — December 23, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    pushups are definitely one of hte best exercises!

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    Sarah — December 23, 2009 @ 11:03 am

    I love pushups! I’m totally trying these variations out. :)

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    Sara — December 23, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

    Ugh. I know pushups are so good for you, but I have wrist issues… so, no pushups or tricep dips for me. Does holding plank or any other get the same effects as these good moves?

    ….and Nsync xmas cd is my favorite holiday cd !! It’s been on Sirius all day too.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) — December 23, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the workout tips and info :)
    You’re a posting machine!!!!
    And the lobster mac n cheese…holy moly that looks amazing. Former lifetime woulda been ALL over that! I adore(d) lobster. Airway swells and not a good idea for me anymore if i value breathing :)

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    Kacy — December 23, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I really do need to work on my pushups. I am pretty weak in the upper body.

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    julie — December 23, 2009 @ 2:15 pm

    great tips girl :) i love pushups too and somehow i will forever feel the pain the next day.

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    Julie @savvyeats — December 23, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

    Wait, so I’m doing as many I can in a day (up to 15!). Should I be doing that 15 5x a day, or just do as many as I can in one day?

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 23, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

    I am terrible at push-ups … I need to get on top of this when I get home. That should be my new years resolution!

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    Jenny — December 24, 2009 @ 8:11 am

    I LOVE pushups, they always make me feel strong. And I’m a big stickler for form, so I can only do 15 in a row or so–but I’m working on them!

    Thanks for the tips :) And happy Christmas Eve!

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    Jenny — December 25, 2009 @ 8:55 pm

    Well, what if i wanted to do something like this…?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gWRSjbvEyU

    ;) I’ve missed you! I’m just doing some blog catch-up!

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