THERE'S STILL TIME: “Can You Do as Many Push-ups as an Olympic Runner?” ENTER CONTEST by December 18. The number to beat is 20 according to the website of Colleen Quigley, the inspiration for this challenge. She asks fans to post Instagram videos in which they perform AT LEAST 20 push-ups.
The prize is a chance to be randomly picked to receive FREE Nike gear. Quigley is a US national club cross-country champion, a 2016 US Olympian. and a professional Nike runner The link to accomplish this was given in the announcement: “Have a friend take a video of you doing at least 20 push-ups, post it on Instagram and TAG ME (@steeple_squigs) in order to be entered. The deadline for entries is Sunday, Dec 18th.”
If you are a hater of push-ups, maybe this kind of encouragement from an elite runner will convince you to make it part of your upper body strength building sessions. My favorite (?) way to get them done (ugh) is to add 3 sets at the end of a run, interspersed with the same number of dip sets. I can't go home until finished.
Too tired after the first set to do more? Start by doing the most you can manage (let's just say, start with 20), the next set do 5 less, and the third set do 5 less than that number (so start with 20- next set do 15- then end with 10). When you are outdoors, park benches, retaining walls, even stairs can be used to convert full push-ups (hands on the ground) to leaning push-ups that aren't so difficult.
Proper push-up technique
Wall push-up demonstration:
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