Alliteration aside, progressing beyond the push-up is something all youth athletes and fitness enthusiasts want to do, yet most haven’t primed their bodies from a physical point of view. I wanted to start doing some REALLY cool stuff as soon as possible.
But, my body simply wasn’t ready. I was competing with breakdancers and gymnasts who have been prepping their bodies for YEARS for this type of overhead activity when I was only 14. So what did I do? I had to learn how to progress the difficulty of the standard push-up without totally flipping over and falling on my head.
In this second portion of the push-up series, I’ll go over the various ways to progress past the initial movement itself.
From when I was young, push-ups were attractive to me for a few reasons:
They are easy to understand – hands on the floor, and push away from the the floor. Done.
It offered quick results – do one more push-up than your previous best attempt, and you were stronger, and had more endurance. Doing rep upon rep of push-ups will definitely boost a young man’s confidence.
It is easy to show off as a young’n – after learning the basics, I began to experiment and play around with the push-up and found out I was pretty decent at them!
However, despite all these awesome reasons why the push-up was the bomb growing up, it is still butchered to this day.
Recently there has been a large lack of direction in this blog, namely owing to the fact that I was like a tree in the wind, bending and swaying at whatever direction the wind (people’s expectations and reactions) blew.