Push-up Challenge

At the risk of violating one of my own rules. Rule #54325 of Chad Olson’s rules for life: the fitness solution that works for you won’t work for everyone so don’t go on and on about how awesome it is and how it can change people’s lives. It’s a lengthy rule but it has broad application.

Regardless, I think it’s worth sharing this one because it *may* have broad application and it’s easy to implement for most people.

A friend of mind whom I play ball with has a son who made it into the NBA. This friend agreed to do some coaching sessions with my son, and one of the first things he told us was: “we’ve got to work on little man’s strength.” To do so, he recommended doing ten push-ups and day and working to add more to the ten in a row total. Flash forward a couple of months and my son, who could not do one decent push up, is up to ten in a row and they’re looking pretty good.

Applying the advice to my own life, I realized that between traveling to the job and trying to squeeze in basketball and throwing in a little swimming, I wasn’t getting to lift weights as much as I would like. And I thought – what about push ups at work?

I know about the two-minute push up challenge – do as many as you can in two minutes – and would start my at-office work out doing that following it up with a few sets so I reached at least a hundred.

I have to tell you, it worked wonders. I recently went to a friend’s house for dinner and he said I looked great. What was I doing differently? Two months of push ups at work has made all the difference. Okay, I violated my rule but I feel like it was for a good cause. If you have 15-20 minutes at work to devote to this quick workout, try it and see if it can work for you. It did for me.