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Push Your way to Fitness

Push your Way to FItness

Push your Way to FItness

Hi Folks,

Today we’re going to discuss how to push your way to fitness.

Of course, one obvious way is to push yourself away from the table when you feel 80% full.
This allows room for digestion. In Asia, this is called “Hara Hachi Bu – eat until you are 80% full.”

You can read more on that by clicking here.

Now, on to more tips.

To get lean muscle tone from pushups, you’ll want to focus on a few things I’ve mentioned below.

One of the all time great exercises is the pushup. I think it’s safe to say that everyone has done a pushup in their lifetime … or at least tried! One thing I’m not too sure of though is that if many people realize just how effective a focused pushup workout routine can be at building solid muscle mass as well as great definition. Probably when most people think of doing a pushup workout they think of doing as many pushups as they can or doing 3 sets of 10 reps. The best pushup workouts do not involve either one of those approaches.

Pushup Fit

Pushup Fit

Yes, I do lift weights for my workout, but I also really enjoy mixing in body weight exercises with it. Here is what I think is the ultimate pushup workout routine for developing both muscle mass and muscle density.

Here is a full pushup workout based on escalating density training — a solid approach to build muscle mass while performing body weight training.

In this pushup workout we’ll incorporate the standard pushup and two common variations in order to work the entire pec muscles. There are certainly some much more extreme variations and I wouldn’t call any of the following three pushups the ultimate pushup, but the routine is what will make these effective!

For fun, I’ve got some of the “ultimate pushup” candidates a little farther down.

Standard Pushup
Diamond Pushup
Wide Grip Pushup

When it starts to get tough to do the 3 reps you should add 10 seconds of rest time. At first you will think this will not happen, but it will!

Warning: this may seem a little “too easy” at first and you’ll probably be tempted to start out doing higher amounts of reps. That’s actually not ideal though. In fact, one of the aspects that makes this pushup workout effective is the fact that you are not pushing to failure.

Now for some … Ultimate, Amazing & Just Plain Impressive Pushups

Here are a few advanced pushup variations for the adventurous. I’ll save the best for last, but they’re all worth a look. To get us started off, here is Craig Ballantyne from Turbulence Training with a quick video demonstrating a few different types of pushups.

Here’s where it gets impressive! My top 3 pushup variations. Click on the names to watch a pop-up video demonstration of the pushup — 90 Degree Pushup is a “must watch!”

#3 – Aztec Pushup
These pushups made the top 3 list for a reason! Start off in standard pushup position and push/jump/explode off the ground so that you can do a jack knife in the air!

#2 – Full Planche Pushup
This is where it starts to get serious. Short description: do a pushup without your feet ever touching the ground.

#1 – 90 Degree Pushup
The ultimate pushup! Do a pushup without feet ever touching the ground. Oh yeah, that’s after you’ve done a handstand pushup — all without your feet ever touching the ground.
Obviously you’ve got to be in amazing shape to even preform these pushup variations! As far as doing an actual pushup workout based off of these — forget it, right!

For another great pushup variation, checkout this about Hindu pushups. Although I only sometimes use them as part of my workout “routine” they are actually really good for you and fun to do every now and then.

Hope this gives you some ideas for your next workout.

Also, reminds you, body weight can be challenging enough to get us fit and toned too.

Here’s to Pushing our Way to Boundrylessly Healthy Living !!


3 Responses

  1. Hi there, I’m Judy! I have a question and would love to talk to you more. Please email me when you have a chance, thanks!!

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