Week 4: May Push UP Challenge!

It’s the final countdown!

The final week of the May Pushup challenge is here and I’m taking you all the way through the 31st of May. We have a fun & challenging last couple days, so let’s finish strong!

Week 4:

  • Day 22: 70 Wide Pushups
  • Day 23: 15 Reverse Tricep Pushups (4 sets)
  • Day 24: 10 Wide + 20 Diamond Pushups (3 sets)
  • Day 25: 15 second forearm plank + 15 second high plank (repeat 3 rounds for a total of 1:30 minute total plank)
  • Day 26: REST!
  • Day 27: 30 Wide (4 sets)
  • Day 28: 10 Tricep pushups + 30 second forearm plank (3 sets)
  • Day 29: REST!
  • Day 30: 80 Wide Pushups
  • Day 31: 2:30 minutes Plank

You’re crushing it!!

Week 3: May Push UP Challenge!

Pulling this image from the archives of 2017 yoga challenges because definition GOALS. After a productively active Saturday, I’m looking for all the motivation for getting in some movement this Sunday.

Sharing the next week’s push-up daily lineup to help inspire you as well!

Week 3:

  • Day 15: 10 Wide Pushups, 10 Tricep Pushups, 10 Diamond Pushups
  • Day 16: 10 Wide Pushups 10 Diamond Pushups (3x)
  • Day 17: 5 Wide Pushups + Walk into Plank between each rep (5x)
  • Day 18: 30 Second Forearm Plank (5x – 2 minutes and 30 seconds total)
  • Day 19: 60 Wide Pushups
  • Day 20: Rest!!
  • Day 21: 2 minute High Plank hold

You guys are totally crushing this challenge and it’s getting me really excited for future challenges and all the ideas I have to share with you all!

I’ve been busy completing my 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, teaching, and working for my Marketing job but am getting so inspired by future goals of my own to expand my teaching knowledge. I’ve also just invested in a new adventure to be a ZYIA activewear rep and I’m so pumped to share all about this in future posts. Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

May Push UP Challenge!

Each May, I desire a little extra push throughout my over-excited body. Like the winter layer has shed and I have all this pent-up energy, craving just a tad bit more than my normal routine. No matter that be a switch in eating habits or activity, I’m out seeking a CHALLENGE! Which bring us to the May Push Up challenge this year – daily pushups, every day of May because why. freaking. not.

We’re almost half way through the month and here is the first two weeks of the schedule. Come back each Saturday for an update for the next up-coming week!

Week 1:

  • May 1st: 25 Pushups, 30 second High Plank, 25 Pushups (athlete choice for the first day)
  • May 2nd: 10 Wide Pushups (5x)
  • May 3rd: 30 second High Plank w/ 10 second break (4x)
  • May 4th: 20 Wide Pushups, 10 Tricep, 10 Diamond (3x)
  • May 5th: 30 Diamond Pushups, 30 Wide Pushups
  • May 6th: 1 minute High Plank, 35 Tricep Pushups, 1 minute High Plank
  • May 7th: REST!

Week 2:

  • May 8th: 1 minute forearm Plank, 40 Wide Pushups
  • May 9th: 30 second High Plank, 10 Diamond Pushups (4x)
  • May 10th: 60 Wide Pushups
  • May 11th: 15 Wide Pushups, 10 Diamond, 10 Tricep (4x)
  • May 12th: 10 second Forearm Plank, 10 second High Plank (3x – 1 whole minute)
  • May 13th: REST!
  • May 14th: 1 minute 30 second High Plank

Stay tuned for the remaining weeks as well as Squat challenge for July!

Home Work-Out Equipment.

Taking your home workout to the next level can be as simple as investing in some new workout equipment. I know this probably isn’t the best time to share this list since every store is sold out of workout gadgets but I also think it’s a great time to inspire others to pull out the set of weights or the band we have hidden in the closet. (Seriously, when we were in Walmart last weekend the weight section was completely cleaned out!)

My collection has been added to over the years for different items so my home workout routine doesn’t get stale and I can honestly say I use all of these items at least each week. Sometimes I find a really good deal at TJ Maxx or the local sporting store that I just can’t skip out on 😉 but for this list today, I’ve added all reasonably priced items from Amazon that all look to be in stock [when this post was created]. 

  • Yoga Blocks
    • I’ve found both of my at TJ Maxx. They do not match but I’m okay with that. One is heavier than the other so I will eventually invest in a matching pair but for the last couple years they have done the trick. Mine are foam but investigate the style of blocks you prefer. 
  • Roller
    • Another TJ Maxx find. I enjoy using my roller after a long run or an intense strenght training session for the upper body. 
  • Gliders
    • These Brooke Burke gliders came in one of my mom’s Fab Fit Fun boxes and I definitely had to snag them for myself. Here is a good set from Amazon. I prefer to use these for lunches or under hands during plank for an added core challenge. 
  • 5 lb & 3 lb Weights
    • A variety set of weights is the best way to make sure you have options to go heavier or lighter when needed. This set on Amazon is an amazing option. 
  • Bands
    • Great item to have for traveling! A light option you can throw into your suitcase or bag that still pack a punch for a good workout. Just like weights, I like to have a variety of strengths to have options during a workout. Another set from Amazon. 
  • Yoga Strap
    • This is my favorite tool to stretch out my hamstrings! Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of other uses for a yoga strap but I have notoriously tight hamstrings and I try to work with the strap at least 2-3 times a week. I found on Amazon (are you noticing a theme) and this one has plenty of color options to choose from. 
  • Barre Ball 
    • If you are a barre fanatic like myself, than you know exactly what this piece of equipment is used for. It’s a love/hate relationship but definitely a workout necessity. Amazon find. 
  • Small Roller Ball
    • Another great restorative tool for rolling out tight areas in the shoulders, gluteus, throughout the legs, and bottom of the feet. Amazon find.  

I do have my eye on kettle bells and ankle weights but this list is more than enough to get your at-home workout off to a great start! Another great tip for fitness at home is to check out the endless resources available on Youtube. I have a strong theory that if you have a desire to get in-shape, you don’t need to shell out tons of $$. Here are a few videos I have tried out in the past that incorporate my equipment I recommended above. 

I hope you enjoy these suggestions & I would love to hear what equipment you have at home that you can’t live without! 

 

At-Home Favorite Workouts.

While everyone is staying home during this time, I have received requests to share recorded material of my yoga and barre sequences. I’ve dabbled with the idea because I do truly miss teaching and connecting with my students.

But deep down in my gut, I know there are so many incredible teachers out there sharing their skills virtually at the moment (seriously, we are being spoiled right now). I selfishly have been taking this downtime to be a student again and I also want to allow these other teachers to truly shine. I can’t believe I am able to take class again with some of my favorites from San Francisco as well as finally indulge in some long-obsessed-over other teachers!

So I thought instead of sharing my own material, I would provide a list of resources I’ve been taking advantage of to support (& you should too 🙂)

  • Barre Forte: If you’ve been around here a bit, you know I have a deep love for Barre workouts. I’ve been going through my local studios to stream online classes and they. do. not. disappoint. They are offering a great discounted offer for new students!
  • Mary Beth LaRue: A fellow yogi that I have stumbled across on Instagram (@marybethlarue) during my student retreat (what I’ve begun to call it). I believe I actually learned of her streaming offers through Sol Rising’s stories since he’ll live DJ some of her classes (yes, it’s pretty yummy). Her classes have truly been a treat for me!
  • Touchstone Live Fitness: They have been sharing a TON of great variety of options (not just yoga) on their Facebook page and I’ve been enjoying taking Samantha Feinerman’s yoga classes. I’ve been following her on Instagram for a while now (@sunandmoon_asana) so it has been so lovely so experience her teachings.
  • Arielle: Another fellow yogi and Coloradan, who I’ve also been following on Instagram for some time (@arielleshipe). She has shared a few different free options and live yoga flows on her platforms or else she has previous recordings of sequences as well.

These have been my quarantine favorites lately but there are definitely a ton more amazing resources out there! I’d love to hear what you’re doing at home to stay sane, fit, & healthy. Share with me in the comments section 🙂