Mastering the push up

Happy Wednesday. 

Just another Wacky Wednesday here at the gym, and I'm dressed as Dolly Parton.

 Nothing like working out to "Jolene."

Nothing like working out to "Jolene."

I have noticed that push ups got a little bit trickier today for some reason...

In my Bail on the Scale challenge* we’ve talked a lot about focusing on performance goals as a way to shift the focus from the number on the scale towards something performance related. This might be deadlifting a certain amount, just flat out performing a deadlift, working on a full chin up, or for most females, working up to a push up from the floor.

Full confession here, I thought I was doing just fine with push ups until I worked with a coach. Once he cleaned up my technique, I realized that push ups were actually much more difficult than I thought they were, and it took me close to a year to work my way up to (or I should say down) to a push up from the floor. 

 Push ups from the knees make you better at doing push ups from the knees. And bigger boobs make it...well...different....

Push ups from the knees make you better at doing push ups from the knees. And bigger boobs make it...well...different....

When I was in high school and college we were taught to perform “girl push ups” - with knees on the floor. (See below). That technique takes your core entirely out of the equation and makes you better at doing push ups from your knees.

Check out the video below for more details: