Today we move north, from lower body to upper body exercises. When I say you need to push something, you’re probably thinking of a push-up or a chest press. Good, those are right! But let’s expand our options a little.
I’m reading a good book called Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe that makes the case that the shoulder press (with a barbell) is often superior to the bench press for strength training. That discussion is beyond the scope of this post, but the point I want to make is that there are many great ways to push. Think of your everyday activities. What are the things you do at work, around the house, in the yard, for friends and neighbors that requires pushing?
Some examples for you to experiment:
- bench press (flat, incline, decline, barbell, dumbbell)
- TRX chest press
- Triceps push downs
- kettlebell shoulder press
- Landmine shoulder press
- TRX atomic push-ups
As we establish the categories of movements, pushing exercises are essential. Often it’s helpful to do them in conjunction with their opposites… pulling! That’s what we’ll cover tomorrow.