If being able to do 50 push-ups is on your fitness bucket list, it's time to make it happen. Just like the 30-Day Squat Challenge, here's a plan to build your upper body and core strength so by the end of the 30 days, you'll be able to bust out 50 push-ups.
This challenge involves five push-up variations, to not only prevent boredom and overuse injuries, but they'll help sculpt other areas of the body. Here are instructions for the five different variations, followed by a 30-day plan to get you all the way to 50.
Number 1: Basic Push-Up
- Come into plank position with your arms and legs straight, shoulders above the wrists.
- Take a breath in and as you exhale, bend your elbows out to the sides and lower your chest toward the ground. Stop as soon as your shoulders are in line with your elbows. Inhale to straighten the arms. This counts as one rep.
- If this is too difficult, do this exercise with your knees on the floor.
Number 2: One-Legged Push-Up (Left Leg)
- Begin in plank position.
- Extend your left leg straight behind you so it's parallel with the floor. Engage your abs and try to keep your left heel in line with your hips.
- With your left leg extended, and your right toes on the floor, exhale to bend the elbows, lowering into a push-up. Inhale to straighten your arms.
- This counts as one rep.
- If this is too difficult, the photo above shows how to do this push-up variation with your right knee resting on the floor.
Keep reading to see the other three push-up variations and the 30-Day Push-Up Challenge Plan.