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Get Physical: The Push Up Challenge

Next time you are watching TV with your honey or a friend, try this fun way to workout during the commercial break - I call it the push-up challenge. It takes at least 2 people since you switch off, but there is no reason you couldn't include more people in the challenge.

Here's how to do it:

You simply hold the plank position while your buddy does three push-ups. Then switch roles. Keep alternating in this fashion for the entire commercial break. Really! It is fun and it keeps you moving.

The benefits:

  • Builds a sense of camaraderie.
  • Builds upper body strength.
  • Keep you from becoming a total couch potato.

Fit's Tip: If you want to do the unmodified push-up, meaning not on your knees, you actually have to do "real" push-ups, even though they are hard and really suck.

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total total 9 years
Fitness Fitness 9 years
total - Here's ome tips on push-ups Push-Ups: A Bride-to-be's Best Friend (also great for getting ready for tank tops!!!). Hopefully these tips will help you with your push-up form.
total total 9 years
Does anyone have tips for doing "real" pushups? I've been attemtpting them lately, but am worried my form is wrong :(
emmy-doo emmy-doo 9 years
i love this idea - but we use a DVR :)
sunshinevaness sunshinevaness 9 years
sounds like a great challenge will have to try that
wykie wykie 9 years
I wouldn't even try to do that in my country. I don't know how's the deal in the USA, but here commercial breaks can last up to 20 minutes...I would faint if I had to do that for a whole commercial break!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I only do "real" pushups...I can't stand doing the modified ones because everyone always calls them "girlie pushups" and I think that is incredibly sexist. My husband, on the other hand, only can do modified pushups b/c he's out of shape.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I like push ups, I feel STRONG when I do them. I hope to build up to regular ones soon!
ley ley 9 years
i actually do the hindu pushups and divebomber... wicked hard. but its the good hard which makes me comin' back for more.
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