Push-ups…kinda suck. There’s no way around this one. And yet they’re one of the best for getting your heart rate up, building arm strength, improving your core muscle strength, and making you breathe harder than that mouth-breather who runs the track every morning when you’re teaching bootcamp class. (He looks like this.)
I made ya look, though. 😉
Evidently, my 5-year-old self needs some attention today.
I find push-ups much less painful when I’ve got something that distracts me from the actual push-up movement. Yes, really. It works. Plus there are other exercises in this workout that will take away from the arm burn-y-ness that you’ll experience while busting out AS MANY push-ups as you can every other minute.
But rest assured, you’ll be done in 10 minutes, so the pain won’t last long. And you might actually have some fun keeping track of your numbers and trying to beat them each time.
Comparing yourself to yourself can be good for your ego. Try to beat your personal record (aka: P.R.) in one workout, OR go all Jedi and do this workout 3 times in one week, keeping track of your P.R.’s through each time and challenging yourself to improve by the end of the week.
Make it fun. Leave a comment below…see if you can “make me look.” Heavy breathing? Leave a pic of you doing this workout. 😉
EXERCISES IN THIS WORKOUT
Push Ups, Baby: Start in a plank position and lower yourself down toward the ground, keeping your body straight, and your abs pulled in. If you need to, you can do this with your knees on the ground. Raise yourself back up to a full plank position. Do as many as you can for one minute. Write down your number completed each time.
Jump Squats: Start in a squat position with your knees bent at nearly 90 degrees and butt pushed backwards. Push off the toes and launch yourself in the air, reaching up as you do. Land toe-to-heel with your knees soft and bent, returning to your start position. Repeat for one minute.
Skater Jumps: Start with your feet together and look to your right about 4-5 feet. Jump off your right foot and land on it, aiming for that that spot 4 feet away. Then look to your left about 4-5 feet, and jump off your left side, landing on your left foot in that spot. Keep jumping left to right alternating sides and landing on one foot then pushing off with it to launch yourself to the other side. Repeat for one minute.
Jumping Jacks: Start with your feet together, hands by your side standing “at attention.” Jump your feet out wide a little wider than hip-width and bring your hands over head, clapping them together. Jump your feet back together and lower your arms back to starting position. Repeat for one minute.
Crunches: Lay down on your back with your knees bent and heels in towards your bum. Bring your hands behind your head. Keeping your elbows out wide, raise yourself up a few inches using your abdominal muscles. Your chin should lift and your shoulder blades should rise off the ground, without pulling your elbows together. Lower yourself back to start. Repeat for one minute.