Aw, Push Up. P-Push Up Real Good.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a How-To video, and several of you have inquired as to when they would get to see my SWEET leotard again.  Ashley from my running group even suggested that I wear it to our next race….That sounds like a dare, Har.

I’d been thinking about a good topic for a video when I found myself nose to nose with the gym floor, unable to push myself up after a crazy chest set during Body Pump.  It was there, sliding around in my own sweat, that I had an epiphany.  I STINK at push ups.

And I’m kinda annoyed by the whole sitch because you’d think after working out 4-5 days a week for oh, YEARS, I’d have this basic move in the bag.  Turns out, I’m a weenie.  After class I went home and literally googled “Why Can’t I Do A Push Up”, and found out that I am lacking strength in my triceps (three muscles on the back of the upper  arm), anterior and medial deltoids (shoulders, front and mid), pectoralis major and minor (chest) and latissimus dorsi (wings?-behind armpits).  So basically my upper body is as strong as uncooked spaghetti.  Sweet.

Not sure what's happening in this family photo, but this kid looks like he knows how to have a good time!

After watching several experts perform proper push up form, I realized I have not been performing proper push up form.  My arms were out in front of me, my hands too wide and my money maker too high in the air.   So, I tightened up my technique and low and behold…the exercise is even HARDER now!  No fair!!

Clearly, push ups are something I need to work on.  While I was researching form and function, I came across the website hundredpushups.com. It tells me to “follow this six week training program and you’ll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive push ups.”  Challenge accepted. So over the course of the next 6 weeks, I will be completing various reps of push ups on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  I’ll keep ya posted on my progress.

In the MEANTIME, here’s a video on How To Do A Push Up, courtesy of Fiterature Studios.  And let me tell you – getting this right was noooo cakewalk.  ‘Cause we all know cakewalks are a piece of cake.  And pieces of cake are…sticky? Yummy?  Frosted? I’m confused.  Basically, doing a push up for the camera was sticky, yummy and frosted.  Yep, that sounds right.

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PS if the thumbnail is still of me on all fours – keep the comments to yourself. It will update with something else soon.

 

Including  the disclaimer again, since it’s been awhile and Mr. Crowe is still unavailable.

Disclosure: The quality of the film you are about to see is, what we call in the biz, bush league.  But you see, it isn’t my fault.  Cameron Crowe is skiing in Utah with his family and all of the sound stages at Paramount are taken by Dr. Phil.  It’s apparently “I don’t really want help with my problems, I just want to be on TV” week or something.  Is that show still on?  So, instead of a Canon 7D, you get my waterproof Casio Exilm.  And instead of a lifelike gym set in front of a green screen that makes it look like I am ocean side, you get my basement.  Roll camera!

 

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