Hi! Happy Friday!
Do you have any fun plans this weekend? Since my birthday is TOMORROW (and yes, I have been playing the birthday card this entire week ;) ), Kyle and I are headed on a fun trip this weekend! I’ll give you all the details on Monday. I’m super excited to get out of Minneapolis where we’ve been going stir-crazy in this toocoldtobreathordoinganythingworthwhile weather!
Sadly, I don’t have a wine to share with you this Wineday Friday. I had all of the best intentions of posting one today but I haven’t had one recently that I felt worthy to share. This weekend should be full of great wine and beer and cocktails so I will be back with a wine for you next week!
In the meantime, I have a challenge for you. Are you ready?
I had a kick-butt CrossFit class on Monday night. (This story eventually leads to my challenge… stick with me here!) My trainer wanted each of us to scale this workout for obvious reasons so my scaled version is in parenthesis below. Also, we were limited to 6 minutes total for the pull-ups and were cut-off at the 30 minute mark for the entire workout.
- 100 Pull-Ups (70)
- 1000m Row (700m)
- 100 Squats (100 – no scaling)
- 1000m Row (600m)
- 100 Sit-Ups (100 – no scaling)
- 1000m Row (600m)
- 100 Push-Ups (45, mostly on my knees)
- Die —> Okay, this really wasn’t part of the workout ;)
Can you find the weakest link in my workout above? Yep, it’s push-ups! For some reason push-ups are one of the most difficult exercises for me and I think a lot of you would agree. We ALL want to improve our push-up skills, right? They are a great strength-training component for multiple muscle groups (back, chest, core, arms…) and require no fancy equipment or expensive gym membership.
So, I thought what better way to improve our push-up abilities than to host a challenge! Who’s with me??
Here are the rules:
- Must complete “real” push-ups – No knee/girly ones in this challenge!
- Your chest must TOUCH the floor during each push-up – Us ladies have it a little easier for this one ;)
- No resting in between push-ups (AKA – Dropping to knees or lying on the floor)
**You can obviously still participate if you would prefer to do “knee” push-ups but I’d like to challenge you to try the real ones!
The Push-Up Challenge will run from January 28th-February 28th. Your beginning push-up number should be counted on January 28th and your final – and much improved! – push-up number should be counted on February 28th. I plan on doing a push-up workout every Monday/Wednesday/Friday in order to improve my strength and slowly increase the number of push-ups I can complete!
Make sure to comment below if you are going to do the challenge with me!
As a test, I attempted some push-ups last night and I struggled to get to a whopping 5 ;) I am going to re-test my abilities on Monday but for now, my personal goal is to get to a total of 15 uninterrupted push-ups by the end of this challenge!
Are yYOU going to join my Push-Up Challenge??