Flabby Arms Challenge III: 30 Days & Nights Of Push Ups

If I want to do a Spartan Sprint I need to work on my upper body strength to get through the race's tough obstacles. So I'm starting the 30 Day Push Up Challenge this morning.

If I want to do a Spartan Sprint I need to work on my upper body strength to get through the race’s tough obstacles.

After my trainer killed my arms with 10 pound dumbbells, I decided I needed to put more emphasis on my upper body. So today I started the 30-Day Push Up Challenge. As I want to do a Spartan Sprint by late 2015/early 2016, its time to kick my upper body training up a notch.

How am I suppose to climb ropes, walls and swing on monkey bars (through fire!) without strengthening my arms, shoulders, chest and back?

That’s why I picked push ups as my next challenge. They’re great for your shoulders, arms, chest, abs, back, neck and triceps. It’s a basic exercise that all of us can do since no equipment is needed.

To increase the difficulty of the challenge I’m doing two sets of push ups — one in the morning and another in the evening. Overkill? Maybe, but I’d rather do a second round than sit on my butt.

Muscles push ups work. Image from MDHealth.com.

Muscles push ups work. Image from MDHealth.com.

I must say my push up form is bad…really bad.

While I can do 10 unmodified push ups (yay!!!), I’m finding it difficult for my chest to hit the floor. What I’m trying to do is get my elbows to a 90 degree angle (not there yet).

So by the end of the challenge, I looking at doing 80 push ups in near perfect form. Piece of cake!


Celebrate March Madness By Toning Those Flabby Arms

March Madness starts tomorrow for me. My next 30-Day Challenge focuses on those flabby arms of mine. Lots of push ups, mountain climbers and triceps this month.

March Madness starts tomorrow for me. My next 30-Day Challenge focuses on those flabby arms of mine. Lots of push ups, mountain climbers and triceps dips this month.

Yesterday was the last day of my Little Black Dress Challenge. Overall I didn’t do too bad. About 10 days in I gave up on doing the routines twice a day. My abs wouldn’t allow it. I do need more work on mountain climbers and burpees as my form isn’t that great. Nonetheless I love the challenge and may want to do it again, but later in the year.

March Madness: A Call To Arms!
Tomorrow I embark on a new task – building and toning my arms. March 2 begins my 30-Day Arm Challenge. This challenge includes just 3 exercises – triceps dips, push ups and mountain climbers…again! Read More


Attacking Flabby Arms – 30-Day Push-Up Challenge

30-day push up challenge,

My push-up schedule. I’ll end on this calendar’s Day 25. This way I can time each challenge with the beginning of the month.

Since plank position, followed by push-ups, is the bane of my existence, I chose push-ups as my next 30-Day Fitness Challenge. If yoga taught me one thing, it’s I need to build upper body strength.

Plus I’ll rid myself of flabby arm syndrome. Push-ups help build the triceps and deltoids. Building up those muscles helps eliminate that loose skin look causing all that unnecessary jiggling.

So I don’t get those worried phone calls from family (you know who you are!), I’m easing my way into the challenge. How? By doing the sissified version. So instead of starting at 15 push-ups on day one, I start with 3.

Also, I’m cutting the challenge short.

Sacré bleu?

I want to change the cycle so I’m always starting a new challenge on the first of the month. So push-ups it is until October 30. The next challenge begins on November 1.

Oh, and I am counting the push-ups during yoga towards my daily total.