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Our new spring challenge launches today – the push up challenge. How many (proper) push ups can you do in 1 minute? Up for grabs will be trophies for the ladies and the gents, as well as a free PT session for the winner.
They are simple, effective, use lots of muscles in a compound movement, strengthen the core, raise the heart rate and make you out of breath. So why aren’t more people doing them? Many gym goers persist with machines for pressing, more often than not sitting on a seat and pushing weighted/hydraulic handles away from the body. Machines can be great if used correctly, but few of them are truly functional, many only work one muscle at a time, and most involve sitting down. There is no balance, little proprioception (co-ordination), and you won’t be burning as many calories as you could.
The push up however does the same job as an expensive gym machine but a lot better. It uses the whole body in a functional way, making you support yourself, using control and strength to raise and lower your torso. It’s also adaptable and can be changed to be less or more challenging depending on ability. A box or ¾ push up might be hard enough for a beginner, the more adventurous might do it with feet on a medicine ball or bench. It’s also free, i.e. there is no kit needed, just you!
So…the challenge. The competition closes at the end of the month. The aim is to do as many push ups as you can in 1 minute. For men its a full push up, for women a ¾ push up from the knees. They must be to 90 degrees at the elbow, as in the photos here, or using a spotter lower yourself so that your upper chest touches his/her fist as with the fist on the floor. You can go as fast or as slowly as you like. We recommend fast!
The winner of the last plank challenge, Nick Earle is still basking in his glory with trophy on mantlepiece. But possibly still recovering after 11+ minutes. Get your hands on one too!
All participants doing the challenge solo must provide video evidence. Other entries to be ratified by PTs. You may not even be training with us anymore or have only enquired in the past, but you can enter too.
Guidelines for the number of push ups you should be able to do are: male aged 30 – 30 pushups
male aged 40 – 22 pushups. Female aged 30 – 27 push ups. Female aged 40 – 24 push ups. The world record is 138 by Roy Berger, a mad Canadian. He also holds the record for the fastest 1000 push ups.
Check our FB page for progress reports!