When it comes to bodyweight training I just love push ups. There are thousands of different push up variations that are just great and easily modified to your athletes or clients needs. Depending on the variation, push ups work out basically all the muscles in the body and really help you to build optimal strength in the forearms, wrists, upper arms, shoulders and chest. When talking about push ups, I think the more the merrier. It’s like breaking, you can go only so far with one move. To be the best, you need an arsenal of moves which you can perform correctly with a good form. But before you go on trying all the fancy stuff you should have a great understanding about proper regular push up. I’m talking about shoulder wide grip, elbows close to your body, belly and glutes tight kind of push up.
I was going to do “SSCT- Push Up progressions”- video but I think Coach Carl Paoli from gymnasticswod.com does an outstanding job on explaining principles and mechanics of correct and clean push up. So enjoy, learn and re-learn it over and over again.
When you got the idea how to perform clean regular push ups you can move on to more advanced variations. With time you will be able to perform push up like movements from any position and angle without losing power or risking injury. Learn to be strong and dynamic. I use the word dynamic instead of fast because many exercises or moves can be performed fast with a poor technique without any real dynamics. But to be dynamic you need to have strength, speed, and technique. If you feel like you are up for a challenge here are few innovative ways to flip your push up sessions.
SSCT Intence Animal Push Ups
Happy weekend everyone!
Coach Johannes “Hatsolo” Hattunen