If you either do pushups or wish you could do them better, take a few minutes to read this article that I wrote with Bret Contreras, called The Best Damn Push-Ups Article, Period. Bret is a very smart guy both academically and experientially (maybe not a word, but I’m going to use it anyhow), and he’s a nice guy on top of that.
The article has two distinct parts:
– an interesting discussion about proper push-up technique, and the muscle involvement and biomechanics of push-up variations
– a set of progressions (with video instruction) to help progress people to be able to do proper pushups. If you’ve struggled with them, or if your clients have struggled with them, you may find some new ideas here.
Lastly, I am a bit amused that I got an article published on tnation.com. For those not familiar with it, the “t” stands for testosterone. Is there an enation.com? 🙂
Here’s the link to the article: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/the_best_damn_pushups_article_period
Elsbeth Vaino is an FMS certified personal trainer in Ottawa, Canada.
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