Every nursing home is the same. Smell of antiseptic and baby powder, blinding fluorescent lights killing the shadows and dozens considered old before their time papering the halls.
Even the way many arrive at these “homes” is the same, and it’s not age, it’s weakness. To paraphrase an ancient but true commercial, they fell and couldn’t get up. Specifically, they couldn’t push-up. More than likely, they never could.
The often overlooked importance of the push-up is why we do so many and why your coach cracks down on you every time you think you’re doing it right but you’re not. It’s a push-up, it’s simple, and you need to get over being sensitive about it and get your ass on the ground until you get it right. It’s important—stay out of the home important.
Nature simply doesn’t give a shit about your long work days, nagging wife or disrespectful kids, when the wind blows and the storm comes, when it’s icy or too dark to see where you’re going and you fall, you’re gonna need to push-up or you’re getting left behind.
Rookie is no excuse either. Maybe you’re new to CrossFit but you’re not new to the ground. Take responsibility. Get angry. Get flustered. Get on the ground and push as hard as you can until you get off it. It’s the only way you’ll learn.
We’re not talking about snatching body weight or muscle-upping at the CrossFit Games, we’re talking about staying out of the damn nursing home by practicing the basics. And it doesn’t get much more basic than a push-up.
3 Ways to improve your push-up
1. Do 10 Push-ups every time you enter a room anywhere.
2. Fight the urge to scale down when the workout gets difficult. Adjust the number, but do your best to do the most difficult version of a push-up every time you can.
3. Commit to at least three-minutes of planking everyday. For many, push-up difficulty comes first from the midline and looks like the classic slithering cobra. Planks restore the balance and teach us how to keep the upper and lower body connected.
6-Squat snatches 85/135
AMRAP 11 Minutes
3 Kipping pull-up
*Alt OTM for 10 Minutes
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