Grand Central Station selfie.

Grand Central Station selfie.

Hope your week is going great!  Paul and I got home from NYC on Monday evening, so this week has been all about settling in and catching up – pretty busy week since we opened the enrollment to HockeySTRONG this week – so exciting!

Today I want to show you a great push up variation that will separate the athletes from the wannabees.

The Beautiful Push-Up

Push-ups are one of the most beautiful exercises you can find.  It builds a strong chest, shoulders and arms while training your core and hip stabilizers – beautiful!

The variation I have for you today should only be attempted by athletes who can do at least 10 perfect push ups.  If you are not there yet, then start working on them 2-3 times per week trying to add one rep per week.  Make sure you balance them out with a pulling (rowing) exercise so you stay balanced in your muscular development.

Ultimate Push-Up Variation

This jacked up push-up version exponentially increases the load on your torso (core) and shoulder stabilizers.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

If you cannot see the video in the player above, simply click on the link

Key Points…

  • your torso needs to stay perfectly stable – if you are wiggling your hips side to side, you are not stabilizing
  • make your feet a little wider than hip width and your hands shoulder width
  • walk your hands out slowly – if you are taking quick steps you are cheating
  • take small steps with your hands
  • only go as far as you can stabilize – it won’t be that far to start with
  • if you feel straining in your back, you are walking your hands out too far – you should just feel it in your shoulders and abs.

Start with 3×5 reps and build from there.

Happy training!

PS – we have opened enrollment for the Spring/Summer training programs at RevCon – spaces are filling fast, but if you are ready to take your game to the next level then email to set up your free try-out session.