Strength

The quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades 9-12
  • Teacher Resources

Move

  • Type:  Strength
  • Excercise:  Push Ups
  • Target:  Chest + Arms + Core
  • Equipment:  Chair
Workout guide

Steps

1. Start in a plank position, with your hands a little wider than your shoulders, gripping the sides of a chair
2. Keep your feet and thighs together, legs straight
3. Tip your heels forward, keeping your back flat
4. Tuck your hips under and pull your abs in
5. Keep your head in line with your spine and your eyes focused forward
6. Keeping your chest open and shoulders down, bend your elbows down/up as you lower your body down/up

Sequence

– 10 double count
– 10 single count
– Rest
– 10 single count
– 10 pulses
– 5 second hold

Modification

If you have wrist discomfort or pain:
– Reduce the range of your push up (even bending half an inch counts!)
– If push ups are not possible, hold a stable plank position

Reflect

You can customize the reflection prompts to meet the needs of your students and your time constraints. Create a unique workout experience every time you return to this lesson by choosing different prompts — each workout can reveal something new for students!

Icon of a body with vibration lines on the sides of it.

How does your body feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a profile view of a person’s head with a speech bubble where the brain would be.

How does your mind feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a question mark.

What does Strength mean to you in this moment?

Self-Connection

Past

What are some of your personal strengths (both physical and emotional), and how have these strengths helped you become the person you are today?

Present

Think critically about the word STRENGTH. What are some different ways that others might interpret this word?

Future

How can you use your personal strengths to support you during an uncertain time (graduating, getting a job, etc.)?

Real-World Connection

Family

What does physical strength look like in your family? What does emotional strength look like in your family? Do you agree with your family’s ideas of strength?

Learning Environment

What personal strengths help you in your learning environment?

Community

Describe a unique strength or skill that you bring to one of your communities, and explain how that community benefits from this particular strength.

Academic Connection

ELA

What is your greatest strength as a writer (i.e. poetry, grammar, storytelling, characters)? Write a story that emphasizes this strength.

Social Studies

Use your voice to strengthen your impact in society. Write a speech explaining your perspective on an event or cause that you feel passionate about.

STEM

How does the peer review process in science help ensure the strength of published research? What might happen if research were published without peer review?

Fun Fact

Sloths’ arms are longer than their legs, allowing them to spend 90% of their life hanging upside down. This also makes them strong swimmers, particularly good at backstroke!