As strength coaches one thing that enables us to advance a trainee, or athlete is being able to identify weaknesses. It’s sort of counterintuitive because even though we’re called “strength coaches” in many cases the ability for us to investigate and identify weaknesses is what makes us successful. It’s sort of like we’re the Sherlock Holmes detectives of the iron game!
Push ups are one of the most powerful exercises you can have in your arsenal of strength movements. Let’s face it…push ups are cheap, convenient, challenging and when mastered the variations are almost endless. The push up takes a backseat to nobody. As far as looking for the most immediate answer to acquiring strength, lean muscle, and efficiency what better exercise is there for your go to than the push up?
So you look at your training partner come Monday and the same old question comes up…“Are we training on the bench press today with barbells, or with dumbbells?” Now there’s certainly nothing wrong with this question, but if this the only question that ever comes up on your typical Monday training session then you need to start looking to make some upgrades. If it is then today you’re going to want to read this and expand the horizons on your iron game!
From being in the strength and fitness business now for over 14 years one thing that seems to amaze me is the imbalance of accessory work that is used in many people’s training programs. In much of my experience there seems to be many people that will train with quite a bit of imbalance in terms of how their workouts are structured.
Yes…medicine ball training can go way beyond the usual Russian Twist, or from just having your training partner to drop the weighted sphere onto your stomach like you’re used to seeing in all those Rocky movies. With the right knowledge medicine balls can be leveraged to acquire some very serious gains and to help you take your performance to a whole new level.