We're All Doing Push-Ups This February

Ready for the next chapter of the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge? In February, we're doing upper body exercises: Every day, try to do at least one push-up.

Image from the State Library of Victoria.

I did a similar challenge on my own last year, with good results: At the beginning of the month I could do somewhere between five and 10 sloppy push-ups with bad form. By the end of the month, I was doing the same number but they were strong, straight, good form push-ups. A few weeks after the month was up, I did my first ever clapping push-up.

So here's what we're doing this month:

  • A baseline test. I can do 10 excellent form push-ups without stopping. Do whatever type of pushups you can do with good form, even if that means you're doing them with your hands on a wall.
  • At least one push-up per day, again at whatever level works for you. You're welcome to do as many as you like, but if you're feeling sore, just do a single wall push-up to keep the streak going.
  • A test at the end to see how much you improved.

Get ready for that first workout tonight. Good luck, and we'll compare notes at the end of the month!

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Comments

    I'm in. I just did 3 sets of 10 (I did amrap on the third set and got to 15) for a total of 35 push ups. Also completed 10 sit ups (would have kept going but my foot weights had to get a shower for bed) and about 60 seconds of reverse planking with an additional 11.5 kgs for extra measure (my daughter was using me as a jungle gym)

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