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How many can you do?

March 30, 2008

Push-ups that is. This is the one exercise that not only I have lived by, but the one that each and every one of my clients HAD to do EVERY single time they trained with me. No exaggeration. Most of them hated it…whined, moaned, groaned and complained…but in the end, they still had to do it. I was able to measure their strength gains by this exercise alone.

One of my favorite client success stories revolved around push ups. She came to me and could hardly hold herself up in the plank position. So, starting there, we worked on her upper body strength and in a couple of months…she was doing her push-ups. She complained all the way through but was really, really proud of herself. Not only had she gotten stronger, but she was starting to see muscles in her arms! This was always the best part of personal training…

Anyway, the reason I’m writing about this is because I came across an article in the NY Times that first made me laugh, but secondly, supported my thoughts on how important push-ups are for EVERYONE…young and old. So, if you’re not a believer or even if you are…give it a read…and then get to doing your push-ups! Next up…pull-ups.

Picture credit.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. jonathan permalink
    March 31, 2008 12:10 am

    push ups can strengthen the upper musculature.. especially your pectoralis and deltoids muscles..
    12 reps for 3 sets a day for 8 weeks would be great enough to have better results.. 🙂

  2. Aly permalink
    May 11, 2008 8:31 pm

    aww how cute. =]

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