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 6-8
  • 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

When have you felt particularly strong in your life?

Present

What are some of your personal strengths?

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 having a strong family mean to you?

Learning Environment

As a class, choose a word that represents the strength of your classroom community. Use this word to guide you toward your goals for the year.

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

How can a person strengthen and use their voice to make an impact on society?

STEM

How can teamwork strengthen the quality of a product?

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!