The Push-Up Challenge 2021: How to do a proper push-up
Join The Push-Up Challenge this June and pledge to push up for mental health.
Smashing out 3,318 push-ups in 25 days should earn you some serious arm candy. Doing it to raise funds for charity? Priceless.
This June, The Push-Up Challenge is asking Australians to flex their biceps for a cause – to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. The initiative has seen thousands of Australians pledging to push (up) for better mental health by completing 3,318 push ups – the number of Australians who died by suicide in 2019 – over 25 days, with proceeds supporting critical mental health services, including Lifeline, which has seen a 30 per cent increased in call volumes through the pandemic.
“We all know the physical benefits of exercise but I don’t think we speak as openly about the mental benefits of exercise and how being active actually plays a really critical role in helping us manage our mental wellbeing,” Lifeline spokesperson Lisa Cheng says. “The money raised through The Push-Up Challenge will be invested back into those critical, crisis point suicide prevention services so we can answer every call.”
But despite how effortlessly celebrities the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Chris Hemsworth, The Rock and Zac Efron smash them out, nailing this classic move is not as simple as it looks. So, with The Push-Up Challenge kicking off on June 1, we asked RACV Torquay Resort personal trainer and fitness centre supervisor Todd Jones for his top tips for perfect push-up form.