Thursday, April 11, 2013

One Hundred Push Ups with PERFECT FORM!

I'll most likely take a lot of shit for this video (that is if anyone actually sees it) but the fact is it will only come from geeks who are still stuck in the 30-70 rep range when it comes to pushups. It should go without saying that they can all fuck right off. I welcome the criticism anyhow. Their hatred only makes me stronger.

Most people nowadays don't really know what pushups are for. My goal here isn't to win the prettiest range of motion award. My goal is power, endurance, conditioning and speed. So I do my pushups as fast as I can and stop well short of lockout. Admittedly, before seeing this video myself I always thought I was coming a bit closer to lockout on each rep than I am but whatever. I'm getting what I want out of it either way.

Everyone at McGrory's Boxing Club did them this way. I've seen training footage of US Navy SEALs doing them this way. I do them this way and you should do them this way too. It probably wouldn't hurt to come up a bit higher but locking out at the top of every rep is totally unnecessary and will only slow you down.

These came at the end of today's workout. The rest of which consisted of Jefferson Squats and Deadlifts, both done with a two-inch thick barbell. That's the only barbell I have right now and I have no squat rack so all the heavy lifting I do involves some element of grip work. That's not such a bad thing though because my back has been fucking with me for months. The grip disadvantage keeps the weights a bit lower for the time being. That's how I'm rationalising it anyway.

So there you go, kids, and go fuck yourselves. And do some push ups.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Something strange I've noticed.

I started working out some time back in the mid to late nineties. Back then, being big was cool but working out really didn't seem to be. There wasn't much talk about working out. Some of us did it, most people didn't. Booze and pot were cool. Lifting weights was just something you did while you were in jail. On the outside it just cut into your social life and made you an outcast. Especially if you wanted to be good at it.

Now it's 2013 and everybody works out. Working out has become trendy and cool and if you don't do it there might as well be something wrong with you. The weird thing is, being big has become decidedly uncool. It's very strange. Everybody seems to be chasing that almost big look. Everybody's posting their workouts and announcing that they're either on their way to the gym or just getting home from it but nobody actually wants to look like they work out. Skinny is the new huge. It makes very little sense to me.