Back in March of 2009, I wrote about the One Hundred Push Ups training program. While I found it to be a good program in that it gave quick results, it was hard to stick with in the long run due to the number of reps and sets I eventually built into. I took the experience and knowledge from it though, and have kept push ups in my daily routine to maintain upper body strength. I’ve found the additional upper body strength has really helped my riding. Mountain biking requires you to constantly muscle the bike over obstacles and take impacts from the trail. Road biking requires you to sit leaned over for long periods of time. Push ups help a lot in both of these areas.
Hundredpushups.com: Push ups are one of the basic and most common exercises for the human body. Push ups are not only great for your chest, but do a tremendous job of defining your abs, triceps, shoulders and torso.
Luke Wold demonstrates Push Ups for Beginners
Due to their difficulty, push ups can be very discouraging at first. Luke Wold of Carson City’s Wold Fitness (http://woldfitness.com/), recently posted this video that demonstrates beginning techniques to get you started with push-ups.
Luke says, “When you’re just beginning a fitness and fat loss program, the traditional gym class push up may be slightly too advanced. There are several quick and easy ways to build up to more advanced push ups, and these are some of my favorites!”
Add some push ups to your daily routine. Even doing a couple sets a few days a week really makes a difference. Break it up by doing a set in the morning and a set at night, and it doesn’t seem overwhelming. As long as you find time to add a set here and there throughout your daily routine, they will really add up by the end of the week.
Are there any tips you’d like to share? What helps you stick with exercise? Give push ups a try for a month, and let me know how it works for you! Check out the One Hundred Push Ups site for further recommendations. http://hundredpushups.com/index.html