Push-ups fall in the category of "love" or "loathe" for many of my clients. The exercise itself is an effective combination of core control and horizontal pressing and has plenty of variations to drive progress.
Let's look at how to take your push-up from the basics to advanced variations will all of the challenge you need.
Nutrition is the gas to your body's engine and it can be your friend or foe when it is time to go after your goal performance. The right nutritional approach can set you up for big-time improvement. The wrong approach can leave you feeling achy, lacking recovery, and questioning if your goals are really attainable.
Let's look at three critical pieces to eating like an athlete.
As you continue to progress in your fitness training, you might start exploring single-arm or single-leg variations of movements. Using these movement types provides some excellent benefits when it comes to your movement capabilities and also expanding the effect of your equipment resources. For a time, unilateral movements got muddied by unstable surfaces and other aspects that affected their credibility. With that in mind, let's look at some key benefits of unilateral movements and how you can maximize your training.
When it comes to your long-term development as a human athlete, strength is a major factor in your ability to move through life and sport effectively.
While resistance training is a valuable tool in the athlete toolkit, many athletes have a troubled past with resistance training. There might be a history of injury, pain, or a negative impact on a sport practice.
One of my favorite fitness training visuals is that of wringing out a wet towel. In my eye, this is the perfect approach to training. When you try to get the most out of it, it will gift you the most moving forward.
A performance peak is one of the most exhilarating moments in your athletic career. Having everything come together and feel like you are on top of your game is an epic feeling. Even watching it on TV or in-person at a sporting event can leave you with goosebumps.
What we often forget is the training foundation that is needed to achieve a performance peak. We want to jump straight to the peak without laying the groundwork to get there.
This leaves us with a cracked foundation and results in frustrations, letdown, and, in severe cases, pain and injury.
Building a training foundation is not the most flashy thing you can do, but it is a critical step to achieving a new level of athletic performance or sustaining athletic performance as you age.
I love rolling out of bed and sliding into my training clothes. I love the first flicker of light that illuminates my garage gym and the stillness of the early morning. I love the process of training, finding my weaknesses, and trying to improve as an athlete.
I also understand that many of my clients do not see things the same way and that is OK!
When working with a client, we strive to improve performance, but I also place a heavy focus on how training helps make life easier. By doing this, the value of training increases, and this helps moments of doubt or "giving up" to lose strength.
Implement these three tips to make life easier and supercharge your performance.
The TRX is one versatile piece of equipment. There are countless variations you can utilize to squat, hinge, push, pull, and rotate. Here are a few that you might not be as familiar with. Give them a go!
A tight ankle leads to knee pain. Tight hips lead to screaming back pain. We quickly blame squats, running, deadlift variations, swimming, and other movements for the pain. Then we layer up in anti-inflammatories, braces, and any quick fix contraption we can get our hands on.
What if there was another way?
There comes a point in your athletic career where you either accept that you are "past your prime" or you adapt and find a way forward.
We have been fed countless headlines of how aging means slowing down, losing pace, and creaky bodies. Instead of figuring out a better route forward, many of us just fall in line and accept that our peak has passed. Have you made this decision? Why?
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