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Feats Of Strength — 8 Fitness Challenges To Conquer In 2017

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Fitness Challenge #3 — Chest Crusader


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The Test: Grind out 75/30 consecutive push ups.

Push ups were likely your gateway drug into a larger fitness addiction. Or love-hate relationship. Whichever. Although they’re basic, max sets of push-ups are one of the best true tests of upper body endurance and conditioning, firmly putting the chest and triceps in the limelight.

Hit the floor and grind out a consecutive set to the 75/30 mark. And that means flat, full-length push-ups only — none of that half-assed knees-on-the-ground nonsense.

Keep your shoulders pulled back and your core tight. Resist the tendency to let your butt droop as your body fatigues.

 

 

Fitness Challenge #4 — Top Gunner


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The Test: Do 40/20 reps consecutive parallel bar dips.

Dips are the top measure of arm strength, specifically generated out of the triceps. They also pull the chest, delts, and core into play.

Because the triceps aren’t a massive muscle group, they tend to burn out easily, making sets that spill over 20/10 reps quickly escalate in difficulty. Hop on a set of parallel bars and jack up your guns until you’ve hit 40/20. Bench dips don’t count.

Lean forward slightly and keep your shoulders back — that’ll help keep the emphasis on your triceps and chest; not the front deltoids. For every rep, lower your body down until your triceps are parallel with the ground.

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Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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