I’m a big fan of push-ups.
I do about a hundred every morning, right after I get out of bed. It’s my mental cup of coffee. It works several different muscles, and when I’m done, I’m close enough to the floor to go back to sleep.
These variations on the exercise are all moves I’ve tried for myself. The typewriter push-up, however, is new to me and frankly, I’m slightly nervous attempting the Typewriter Terror Challenge laid out by Men’s Health.
Especially after a chest workout or at 5am during my typical morning routine.
If you’re a visual learner, here’s an example of the basic typewriter push-up, compliments from TA Calisthenics.
Now here’s Men’s Health suggestion on how to torture yourself, and your body, for maximum gains.
- Get into position for the typewriter pushup, with your hands on the ground wider than your shoulders facing outward. Be sure to keep other standard pushup cues in mind, like squeezing your glutes and bracing your core to keep your spine position solid.
- Straighten your left arm and lower your torso onto your right side to perform 1 archer pushup rep.
- Keep your arm bent and your chest close to the ground, then press with your right arm and pull with the left to slide your torso over to the other side. That’s the typewriter action. Perform 1 archer rep on the left side.
- Repeat the series, but perform 2 archer reps on each side.
- Keep moving up in reps until you reach 4 or 5 reps and slides.
I’m going to give it a shot tomorrow morning. I doubt I’ll want to sleep on the floor when I’m done.
[via Men’s Health]
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