Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: Day 29

It’s Day 29! It’s Day 29! I am really going to make it to tomorrow!

Here’s today’s question topic – can you do a “regular” push up. or are you in the legions of women (including myself) who do modified push ups? I ask, because as much as I’ve developed the strength to do whole sets of modified push ups, I can’t, for the life of me, do ONE with my legs fully extended/knees up in the air.

This goes for most of the plank work on the 30 Day Shred. If there’s a “modified” version of the exercise, that’s what I do. I couldn’t find, why, exactly, women tend to do modified push ups, except that it takes less upper body strength. In hunting around the Internet, I didn’t find a good explanation, but I did find a good article with a lot of push up variations. This article gives several versions of a push up, which could come in handy if that’s an area you’d like to improve.

I know in the early days of this series we discussed push ups a little bit, and a few readers shared that they don’t/can’t do push ups. Has anyone progressed during these 30 Days? Did you have an ah-ha moment that made the push up easier? Did you find other upper body exercises that accomplishe what a push up does?

5 replies on “Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred: Day 29”

I just started doing one or two controlled ones before going to the modified position, and then once a week or so trying to add another one, and eventually I could do 10 in a row, then 20 in a row. This was back when I was rockclimbing a lot though so I had more upper body strength than I do now!

Leave a Reply