I suck at push-ups. They even bested me in a competition once. This 50-push-ups-a-day challenge is definitely good for me, so I’m trying really hard to make some actual progress... not just put in some reps. As I tell my students, practice doesn’t make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. If you’re doing your push-ups wrong every day, you’re only going to get better at doing them wrong.
So here are some things I’m working on:
Position. Feet close together, on my toes, hands under my shoulders, elbows in, core (abs, quads, and booty) tight through the whole SET. Not rep. Set.
Depth. I’m NOT doing hand-release push-ups for this challenge. When I do HR push-ups, I tend to relax too soon on the way down and then worm back up. So I’m getting my shoulders below my elbows (which for me means my chest touches the deck), but not resting at the bottom of the movement. Try it sometime. It's hard. I do a full set of 10 and then rest.
Modification. So I can’t do 50 in the manner I just described without modifying. Yet. So I got me this thing called a Sling Shot. Some lifters use it for bench press. Check out this video with Kelly Starrett. Notice what he says about skill transfer. http://supertraining.tv/2012/04/kelly-starrett-on-the-training-benefits-of-the-sling-shot/
This week I’m going to see how many I can do with good form without the Sling Shot. My goal is to be able to do sets of 10 Rx (real Rx, not wormy Rx-ish) by the end of my 30-day Challenge (I started July 8th).
How are you doing on your push-ups? What mods are you doing? What’s your goal for this challenge? Drop and give me 10!!
More info on push-up standards and mods: