Why push-ups?

The classic push-up comes close to a perfect exercise, challenging multiple muscle groups in the arms, chest, back, and core to build overall functional strength. It requires no equipment and minimal space. It is an essential exercise that we all need to be able to perform, especially as we age. 

Can I really make it to 50 push-ups?!

Yes! Follow the plan below and surprise yourself. You can do more than you think you can.

Can I do them on my knees?

Of course! We’d rather see push-ups performed on the knees with good form any day. Try a couple on the toes and sit the knees down when necessary. You’ll be able to do more on the toes as you progress. You can also perform them on a wall or the back of the couch. Do what works best for your body.

Can I break up the push-ups into sets?

Yes, but only when you need to. Maximizing time under tension, the amount of time a muscle is held under tension or strain, forces your muscles to work harder and optimize muscular strength, endurance, and growth. Plus: There are aerobic perks to staying in motion. Rock out as many push ups as you can and when you need to take a break, try to keep it under 60 seconds.

Click on the calendar image below to print and track your progress. Let’s finish 2020 strong!