Strength training for adults and kids is paramount to any workout program. Whether your goals are to improve your posture, balance, core strength, or simply strengthen your upper body, the one exercise that will help is the push-up
Traditionally, each one of my classes will usually have a few students who are push-up masters. They’re often the students who are gymnasts, study a martial art form, or they’re just extremely active and possibly practice push-ups at home.
However, many students (and many adults) simply haven’t developed the necessary muscle strength to fulfill a proper push-up, and this is fine. After all, we can’t teach them to run before they can walk. There are several simple exercises that can assist kids and adults in developing their strength, allowing them to eventually perform a perfect traditional push-up.
This Build a Better Push-Up challenge serves as a tool for students to develop the necessary strength to complete one, even several push-ups with precise form.
The challenge includes a link to a video tutorial for each of the nine exercises.
I think you and your family will enjoy our newest creation called SIX in a ROW!
The object of the game is to be the first player to place six-game chips in a row or diagonally by completing either a fitness task or by competing against another player when landing on a challenge icon! What’s a challenge icon?
See the detailed directions below! Also included are game chips. Simply print out the page and cut out the pieces. What a great way to work on fine motor skills! BINGO chips work as well.
I was racking my brain trying to think of engaging activities that siblings and parents could do together at home when I recalled two challenges my kids were obsessed with a few years ago.
Both The Ricochet Challenge and the Pot and Pan Challenge (P & P Challenge) were not only fun and engaging but also took creativity, patience, and a lot of teamwork. The best part is they only require a few household items.
Let’s take a look!
Bounce a ping pong ball off the ground, then into the wall and into a cup as many times as possible in one minute.
What you’ll need:
How to play:
Set up a plastic cup about one foot away from the wall. Secure the cup with a weight to prevent it from falling over. I placed the cup in a roll of duct tape rather than adding weight. On the signal to begin, the player attempts to bounce the ball off the floor, into the wall, then into the cup.
Bounce a ball off 3 or more pots and/or pans consecutively then into a cup.
They set the bar, now it’s your turn to beat it! 5 bounces, then in the cup!
Guidelines: – #PPChallenge
What you’ll need:
How to play:
Begin with just two pots/pans. Practice bouncing the ball off each one then into the cup. As you learn about angles and make necessary adjustments, you’ll begin to experience some success. Then introduce another pot/pan.
This challenge will test your patience.
However, each time your ball bounces into the cup, the feeling of success is priceless.
This video shows my son’s record: 4 pans, 5 bounces, then in the cup! Believe me when I tell you it didn’t happen on the first attempt!
Here’s one more to try using stools.
Enjoy these challenges for the whole family!
If anyone takes the challenge, I’d love for you to share it on Twitter with the hashtag #potpanchallenge.