For September, we’re going to give your lower parts a rest and concentrate on your upper body. Working upper body, especially arms, chest, back and shoulders are among my favorite things to do. Seriously, what is better than a woman with awesome-looking arms and shoulders? Then you throw in a nice sculpted, V-shaped back and you’ve got perfection!
We all recognize when another woman has her stuff in check—you stop, look and usually compliment, because you know that she has put some serious work into her upper body to look like that.
If that’s one of the things you’re aiming for, an awesome upper body that draws looks of awe, then you’re going to love this month’s challenge.
Pushups are an excellent exercise to work your entire upper body, including your core.
You really can’t go wrong with this exercise when it comes to sculpting out a sexy upper frame.
However, quite a few women are unable to do pushups, I’m not just talking about the girly version, I mean the real deal, with straight legs and a solid, straight back.
I know its not for lack of trying, but who wants to “TRY?” We don’t try, we do! So if you’ve wanted to do the real deal pushups but can’t seem to get yourself off the ground (literally) or hold your own weight up for longer than a few seconds, don’t worry. By the end of September, you’ll be able to do real pushups and amaze your friends and family.
You’re going to start off with some basic, easy-peasy moves and then, each day—as you get stronger and more confident, you’re going to see and feel your body and mind grasp hold of the idea that you CAN and you WILL do this.
I know exactly where you’re coming from, I wasn’t born doing real pushups, I had to learn, just like you are going to.
I’ve put together a starting kit to help you, because you have to start somewhere.
Start with the wall pushups and progress to the next stage. I’ll break it down in the daily challenge, so just follow my lead. And don’t worry about what you can and can’t do right now.
Pushups off a Chair
Pushups off the Couch
The Real Deal – *Straight Leg Pushups
*This is actually a combination of Straight Leg and Bent Leg Pushups
I’ll post the daily challenges on my Facebook page three times a day, morning, lunchtime and evening so you can be sure to catch one of the workouts. Let me know how you are doing by leaving a comment here or on the Facebook post.
I definitely want to see the end result—you doing actual straight leg pushups!
How to work it:
Rules for the Pushup Challenge
Choose a level below. If you can do straight leg pushups –Go You! You are at the top of your game, but if not, don’t worry, this challenge will help you get there.
The workout is broken down into levels, so you can see how far you’ve come and how far you have to go. You can move between levels for each workout. However, if you start an individual workout at a particular level, you MUST complete the workout at that level. The only exception to the rule is that if you start at one level and you feel it is too easy, you can MOVE UP to the next level.
HOWEVER, if you move up, you CANNOT go back down to a lower level until the next workout. So choose carefully.
You start Monday morning at Level 1. You now have 2 choices:
- Stay at Level 1 throughout THIS entire workout
- Move up to another level (pick any one of them)
This is all for your own good and to make you stronger.
I suggest that at the end of each week, you move up to the next level. Otherwise you will be in the same position at the end of the month as you were at the beginning.
The keys is to get stronger each and every day. You won’t get stronger by staying where you are, you MUST MOVE UP and forget ahead!
Let me know how you’re doing either on my Facebook page or by commenting below.
You CAN DO THIS!
Level 1: Replace Pushups with Wall pushups
Perform 20 wall pushups for each 1 pushup
- 3 pushups = 60 Wall pushups
- 4 pushups = 80 Wall pushups
- 5 pushups = 100 Wall pushups
Perform 15 wall pushups for each 1 pushup
- 3 pushups = 45 Chair pushups
- 4 pushups = 60 Chair pushups
- 5 pushups = 75 Chair pushups
Perform 10 wall pushups for each 1 pushup
- 3 pushups = 30 Couch pushups
- 4 pushups = 40 Couch pushups
- 5 pushups = 50 Couch pushups
Perform 5 wall pushups for each 1 pushup
- 3 pushups = 15 Bent-Leg pushups
- 4 pushups = 20 Bent-Leg pushups
- 5 pushups = 25 Bent-Leg pushups