Seeing Improvement

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.

He wasn’t.

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. 🙂

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  1. Stephanie @ LiveLikeAGrrl

    Ooooh!!! Congrats! If it was me I totally would have walked around the gym getting into other people’s faces being all “Yo, who’s bad? I’m bad.” I’d make sure to have the “thug arms” going , of course – gotta keep this shit authentic!
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  2. You are such a badass. Maybe I will try to do one of those pushups. I always look like I’m trying to hump the ground. True story.
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  3. Amber K

    I need to try doing those! I am horrible at push-ups. I probably said that the last time you posted that picture, but I haven’t done it yet. Gotta kick myself in the butt!
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  4. Sarah S

    Congrats on the push-ups! I’m super impressed!
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  5. Stefanie

    Hmmm. Progressive push ups. I may have to try this. Because I have had the same issue. No matter how many push ups I do, I don’t feel like I’m getting any better at them.

  6. I like the idea of Progressive pushups might have to try those instead of girly pushups when I have to do them in 30 Day Shred…will I do day 3 today? Who knows! LOL.
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  7. Verlin

    I’ve been doing the progressive pushups based on your stellar graphic from a while ago … and, I think they’re getting easier. Congrats on being a beast! (the good kind). Hope you are back on the healthy-eating track after your weekend.

  8. Liking that workout! I love the ones that you can do sans equipment….maybe I’ll add it to the list next week!
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  9. I am sucky-city when it comes to push-ups. I am doing this push-up challenge for all of June. Perhaps I need to try this.*
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  10. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups

    Way to go! I need to try a push-up the “right” way. My chest never gets all the way to the ground.
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  11. Major props. You need something like this every couple weeks to remind yourself that hard work pays off. I love push ups and they are like running…Work at them and you will see measurable results. For some reason jacking out push ups makes me feel like a bad a$$. I like that workout…I may try it sometime this week. 10 Rounds? Sounds intense.
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  12. Michelle

    I’m seriously going to try this. I’ve been doing TRX regularly since December and it annoys me that I can’t do a pushup yet!

    PS. Im on season four of Breaking Bad and omg this is the best season yet.

    • Are your TRX push ups with suspension cables? Because those are harder than regular push ups. I can’t do those either! (Season 5 starts July 15. Can’t wait! So glad you’re loving it!)

      • Michelle

        Yes! They are on the cables and they slay me dead. 🙂 Burpees on those are also awful. I actually chose TRX over crossfit because I thought it would be less hardcore but I think it’s a different type of hardcore.

        • Definitely a different type of hard core. And I would consider regular push ups the stepping stone to TRX push ups. I suck at those cable push ups when my trainer has me do them. I can’t even imagine burpees on them!

  13. You are a rockstar. Huge gold star for you!
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