We encounter challenges every day. For the most part, a challenge can be less than desirable.

Then there are the challenges that we welcome with open arms. More specifically, a combination move to challenge our fitness.

Most days it is simply a challenge to get yourself to the gym, but there is just something fun and exciting to conquer a complicated exercise.

Our move today is a push-up with an arm and leg extension. This exercise will be working your whole body. The push-up portion is working your chest and arms and upper back. The arm and leg extensions is focusing on your core, glutes and your hamstrings. All you need for this exercise is a mat and a flat surface.

Begin this exercise down on all fours, positioning your hands just outside of shoulder width. Keeping the legs close together, extend them straight back, positioning yourself on your toes. Keeping your chest tall and your core engaged, your basic push-up positioning is your starting stance.

Proceed into your push-up movement by bending in the elbows and lowering your torso toward the floor. On the return up, balance and precision come into play.
As you are pushing your body back to the starting position, you will lift your left arm and your right leg off of the ground, reaching them out in opposite directions of your body. This movement is fairly quick, as you will move into your next repetition. Return to the starting position and proceed into your next push-up, lifting the opposite leg and arm on the press up.

Continue this alternating arm and leg lift following each push-up repetition. If your balance is slightly off, you can drop to your knees, working up your endurance to your toes.

Give yourself at least 10 repetitions of this push-up combination move, shooting for about three sets.

-- Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.com.