Island Perkville Fitness Challenge
How many can you do? You can use the standard “military style” or “regular” pushup position with only the hands and the toes touching the floor. You always have the option of using the “bent knee” or “modified” position if you want to. Do as many pushups as possible until exhaustion and without pausing. Report back to us the total number of pushups performed, and let us know if you did them regular or modified version. Remember, for this challenge, each push up should be be deep enough so that your elbows get in line with your shoulders (elbows at least to a 90 degree bend) for it to count.
Military style or Regular push-up Protocol: Position yourself on your hands and feet with your eyes facing the floor. Place your hands slightly greater than shoulder-width apart and your feet comfortably apart. Slowly bend your elbows and lower your chest until your elbows go slightly lower than 90 degrees, or at least align with your shoulders. Your toes will be on the floor and legs, hips and back are straight. You’ll feel tension in the muscles in your back, your abdomen and your upper arms. Then return to the starting position. Repeat.
Bent knee or Modified push-up Protocol: You have the option of either doing the regular pushup or to do a modified push-up. If you are doing a modified pushup position yourself on your hands and knees with your eyes facing the floor. Place your hands slightly greater than shoulder-width apart and your knees comfortably apart. Make sure you contract your abdominal muscles and keep them tight throughout the exercise. Bend your elbows and lower your chest until your elbows go slightly lower than 90 degrees, and then return to the starting position. You will need to make sure knees, hips and shoulders in a straight line. You’ll feel tension in the muscles in your back, your abdominal area and your upper arms. When you’re doing modified push-ups, keep your back nice and straight.