Basics, Again.

Focus on the basics of movement.

You should be breaking movements down into progressions and focusing on mastering each of those levels. We'll show you an example set using the push-up. Working from most basic to most advanced a set of push-up progressions might look something like this:

  • High Bar or Wall
  • Low Bar or Box
  • Push-Up 
  • Feet Elevated
  • Piked with Hips stacked over Shoulders
  • Inverted/Handstand Push-Up

Of course, there are infinite variations that we could plug in, but for this post, those will do.  You can break any movement down like this. The trick is to avoid moving to a more advanced progression until you’ve mastered the previous. Avoid skipping steps. Does that mean until you've mastered a push up that you should avoid going inverted or practicing handstands or handstand push-ups? Not at all. Just be mindful of each situation. Perhaps you'll preserve the stimulus of a workout by working a progression or possibly taking a step back will allow you to take two forward.

You will get further, faster.

Experiment: I challenge you to work to a box next time you do push-ups even if you think you have remarkable push-ups. What happens? Are you able to maintain a stronger midline? Are you able to hit larger sets? Are you surprised that you struggled? Are you able to move faster, with better technique and achieve greater intensity? 

Alternatively, is i too easy?

At least now you know.

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