Whenever I go to Crossfit, I do a warm up first. The warm up is always the same: 10 sit-ups, push-ups, squats, body rows, dips, and a few arm stretches.
Crossfit is a lot about range of motion. So, Crossfit push-ups are done chest-to-ground.
I’m a big wimp and can only do them the incorrect way.
So instead I have been doing chest-to-ground push-ups on my knees so at least I have correct form. Well, I never felt like I was getting better at them even though I did so many. So about a month ago, my trainer told me to do progressive push-ups. You remember my wicked-slick depiction of that one, right?
Progressive push-ups are a lot harder than push-ups on your knees but not as hard as doing them the manly way so they are still manageable for weaklings like me. Well, the other day, during my warm up, I noticed that I didn’t need to use my knees. I did 2 chest-to-ground regular push-ups and just stopped in my tracks because I could not believe it.
Then I looked at my trainer like a little kid that just went potty in the toilet for the first time to see if he was watching.
So once I told him about my amazing 2 push-ups, he told me to do 8 more. And I did! The last 3 were really hard but I did them all the proper way. And then I felt like the biggest badass in the gym for about 5 minutes. Just when my ego was almost overinflated, I remembered that time I felt like an idiot and went back to feeling myself. So yeah, the only point of this post is to brag.
But seriously, if you want to improve your push-ups, I highly recommend doing progressive push-ups. It’s the only way I’ve noticed improvement and I didn’t even expect it.
And just so this post isn’t all about me bragging, here’s something for you: a Crossfit workout I did the other day that left my chest, lats, and legs super sore for 2 days.
You don’t need any equipment to do it and you can practice those progressive push-ups. Hurts so good.