30 day press up challenge

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  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 18 May 2020 10:56:12 24,280 posts
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    If I make a thread it'll make me do it.


    Day 1 20 press-ups
    Day 2 25 press-ups
    Day 3 30 press-ups
    Day 4 35 press-ups
    Day 5 2 sets of 20 press-ups
    Day 6 2 sets of 25 press-ups
    Day 7 2 sets of 30 press-ups
    Day 8 2 sets of 35 press-ups
    Day 9 45 press-ups
    Day 10 30 press-ups + 10 diamond press-ups
    Day 11 35 press-ups + 15 diamond press-ups
    Day 12 35 press-ups + 20 diamond press-ups
    Day 13 40 press-ups + 20 diamond press-ups
    Day 14 40 press-ups + 25 diamond press-ups
    Day 15 45 press-ups + 25 diamond press-ups
    Day 16 50 press-ups + 25 diamond press-ups
    Day 17 2 sets of 30 press-ups + 30 diamond press-ups
    Day 18 2 sets of 35 press-ups + 30 diamond press-ups
    Day 19 60 press-ups + 30 diamond press-ups
    Day 20 30 decline press-ups + 30 press-ups+ 30 diamond press-ups
    Day 21 35 decline press-ups + 35 press-ups + 30 diamond press-ups
    Day 22 35 decline press-ups + 35 press-ups + 35 diamond press-ups
    Day 23 40 decline press-ups + 35 press-ups + 35 diamond press-ups
    Day 24 40 decline press-ups + 40 press-ups + 35 diamond press-ups
    Day 25 40 decline press-ups + 40 press-ups + 40 diamond press-ups
    Day 26 45 decline press-ups + 40 press-ups + 40 diamond press-ups
    Day 27 45 decline press-ups + 45 press-ups + 40 diamond press-ups
    Day 28 45 decline press-ups + 45 press-ups + 45 diamond press-ups
    Day 29 50 decline press-ups + 50 press-ups + 45 diamond press-ups
    Day 30 100 press-ups
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 18 May 2020 10:56:28 24,280 posts
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    DAY ONE
  • Jono62 18 May 2020 10:57:49 24,753 posts
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    I'll give it a try.
  • TechnoHippy 18 May 2020 10:57:51 16,961 posts
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    Day 1 - Manged 1 and half press ups, shat myself and cried a little.

    Day 2 can go fuck itself.
  • sport 18 May 2020 10:57:53 15,859 posts
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    pics or GTFO
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 18 May 2020 10:58:29 24,280 posts
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    Diamond press ups here

    https://www.coachmag.co.uk/bodyweight-exercises/7297/how-to-do-a-diamond-push-up

    Decline press ups here

    https://www.coachmag.co.uk/exercises/3064/decline-press
  • Not-a-reviewer 18 May 2020 10:58:34 6,180 posts
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    Month two, get your child to sit on you while you do them.
  • DakeyrasUK 18 May 2020 10:59:40 4,069 posts
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    20 press ups in one go is a fairly good starting point. I have never managed more than 37 reps in one set right now I would probably manage 17 or 18.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 18 May 2020 11:03:56 24,280 posts
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    DAY ONE DONE.
  • Rum_Monkey 18 May 2020 11:04:13 607 posts
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    I'm going to do it, spent far too much of this lockdown drinking and eating excessively.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 18 May 2020 11:09:33 24,280 posts
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    Shit gets serious once they start bringing in the diamond push ups.

    Edited by Decks at 11:09:47 18-05-2020
  • Cadence 18 May 2020 11:20:51 2,461 posts
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    It's all about technique. It's very easy to cheat with press ups but they suddenly become a lot harder when you do them properly. I used to think I could do loads (70-80 odd) but then as soon as I pulled my arms into my sides and did a proper full range of motion, that almost halved. Great exercise though!
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 18 May 2020 11:23:31 24,280 posts
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    Also depends on what you're wanting to work. Arms tight in will work your triceps more while out wider (which are easier) will work your chest more.
  • Rodney 18 May 2020 11:27:34 4,261 posts
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    Day 29 to day 30 is a huge jump
  • ZuluHero 18 May 2020 11:28:25 8,623 posts
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    Gonna start this today too. See you after I fall at the first hurdle...
  • DUFFMAN5 18 May 2020 11:38:07 25,693 posts
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    I love press ups unfortunately my delts are so fooked I can barely do any see the same for flat bench when anything over 80kgs (0olympic bar included) isn't happening. Incline Bench is better at least.
  • ZuluHero 18 May 2020 11:38:50 8,623 posts
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    Ok done.

    Remember to do 5 minutes just to warm up first. I went in cold and something hurt in my left arm after 3 so had to stop.

    Did 5 mins warm up, just some basic stretches and arm swings.

    Couldn't manage 20 in one go, so did 2 sets of 10 with 30 secs in between.
  • Blakester 18 May 2020 11:43:37 4,977 posts
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    This looks super-tough if you have to do the press-ups in one session.

    I've been doing them since the start of lock-down and don't think I can do more than 30, so I'll fail after day 3.

    I am a sucker for proper technique though, so arguably I could do a higher volume if I up my tempo and relax my form.
  • smoothpete 18 May 2020 11:44:18 36,751 posts
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    OK fine but fuck you in advance.
  • ZuluHero 18 May 2020 11:51:24 8,623 posts
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    @Blakester If the object is to get to 100 by day 30 and you can do 20 on day one (1/5th) I see no reason why it shouldn't be doable?

    Edited by ZuluHero at 11:51:46 18-05-2020
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 18 May 2020 12:04:20 24,280 posts
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    I dunno, it ramps up extremely fast. I can do around 50 at the minute but I don't expect to be able to do 100 without any breaks any time soon. But that's what makes it a challenge I guess. The close grip push ups are where things get interesting, they fucking sting.
  • monkman76 18 May 2020 12:11:46 16,057 posts
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    ZuluHero wrote:
    @Blakester If the object is to get to 100 by day 30 and you can do 20 on day one (1/5th) I see no reason why it shouldn't be doable?
    It's not day one for him though if he's been doing them since the start of lockdown. It's more like day 60.
  • TheSaint 18 May 2020 12:14:22 19,457 posts
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    Is it actually sensible to attempt something like this without any recovery days factored in?

    I'm not pretending to know either way but I was always under the impression that you needed the recovery time to prevent injuries.
  • Nexus_6 18 May 2020 12:14:27 4,856 posts
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    Decks wrote:
    I dunno, it ramps up extremely fast. I can do around 50 at the minute but I don't expect to be able to do 100 without any breaks any time soon. But that's what makes it a challenge I guess. The close grip push ups are where things get interesting, they fucking sting.
    Diamond press ups are a fucker.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 18 May 2020 12:18:50 24,280 posts
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    I got it from here by the way. So if any injuries occur as a result of this please direct you enquires to the people at coachmag.co.uk.

    https://www.coachmag.co.uk/arm-workouts/6189/attempt-the-30-day-press-up-challenge
  • Nexus_6 18 May 2020 12:23:27 4,856 posts
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    ha!
    I'll aim to start tonight on this folly.
  • Dougs 18 May 2020 12:37:46 93,552 posts
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    I did one of these a few years ago, was surprised at how quickly I improved. Although it wasn't as brutal as this. I got up to 50 or so fairly quickly.
  • Psychotext 18 May 2020 12:41:48 66,584 posts
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    I really wouldn't do this if you're not already very good at push-ups. You're asking to fuck yourself up. Not least because there's precisely zero recovery built into the program.

    Really, really stupid.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 18 May 2020 12:45:51 24,280 posts
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    It's really not that bad.
  • Psychotext 18 May 2020 12:47:10 66,584 posts
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    It really is. Especially given most people do pushups with shit form at the best of times.

    The other one posted in the musings thread is a far more sensible setup.

    Edited by Psychotext at 12:48:01 18-05-2020
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