Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty low-key. I ate enough guacamole for ten people last night while watching the Superbowl. Aka, the commercials. Who watches the game?
Today, I have a fun announcement for you! A month or so ago, my Tweeps Jennifer and Jacki brought the 100 Push-Up smartphone app to my attention. After we started talking about it, we realized we all loved the idea of working on push-ups. And a challenge was born!
Join Jacki of Dare 2 Dream Dare 2 Do, Jennifer of Wine to Weightlifting, and myself as we lead you on the path to work your way up to 100 push-ups in just five weeks! Running from February 4 – March 11, with weekly check-ins and prizes, this is your opportunity to step up your game and improve your push-up technique! Jacki, Jennifer, and I want you to succeed in improving your overall strength with one clear message: No more “girly” push-ups!
What’s with the name?
I’ve always hated the idea that modified push ups were called “Girly” push-ups. Just because they’re easier to do, doesn’t make them “Girly”. Just because you need a modified push-up to start with, doesn’t mean you’re girly, or a girl, or not a man, for that matter. For this challenge, we want you to conquer these modified push-ups. Girl or guy, you too can work your way up to a full, or ‘strict’ push-up!
Every week, we’ll be hosting link-ups on each of our blogs. Add your blog post where you talk about your progress, a URL to a Tweet where you tell us how many push-ups you’ve made it up to, or even your Facebook profile where you’re marking progress.. Once you’ve linked up, you’ll be entered to win a prize for that week! Plus, you’ve got a great group of others to reach out to for support on this fitness journey.
Okay, but how do I participate?
However you like! I’m going to use the 100 Push-Ups app to improve my push-ups, but if you don’t have a smart phone, you can use their website and follow the program that way. Or, you can always work on them at your own pace. The point is, we want you to improve!
If you’re already a push-up star, you can still participate. How about one-handed push-ups? Or inclined push-ups? Get creative!
The first week involves an initial test. You can find all of that info here, or on the app. If you’re not sure on good form, check out this video:
Even if you’re not there yet, our point is that you’re trying. You don’t have to do a strict push-up at the beginning of this challenge. But we hope that you can by the end!
What to do now:
- Be sure to tweet “I just joined the #nogirlypushups challenge. No more “girly” push–ups for me! http://wp.me/p2y4A3-I1″ to help us spread the word!
- Display your No More “Girly” Push-ups badge on your sidebar. (Grab the button below.)
- Make a plan! Will you use an app, or just doing one more push-up each day?
- Write, tweet, or create Facebook status updates letting us know how you are doing. If you use the #nogirlypushups hashtag, we can encourage each other!
- Link up next Monday, February 11 on one of our blogs to be entered to win the first prize.
Sponsors of the “No More Girly Push-Ups” Challenge include:
Will you join us? Do you normally do “girly” push-ups? Believe me, you want these prizes!
Plus, don’t forget about my giveaway. It’s the last day to enter!
Please be mindful of your own physical condition and consult a doctor before starting any type of exercise program.