Well, well, well. It’s been a busy day so far here – and it’s only 8:47 A.M.
Plenty of thoughts running through my mind as I prepare to leave for China – which should be happening sometime next week. I’ll keep y’all posted on that, of course – as I will on the status for the videos for Eat More – Weigh Less – which I hope to have out post Christmas and in the New Year.
Also running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off in terms of family. My daughter has her annual school function on Friday, and I want to make sure I attend the function before leaving for China – on an UBER high note at that!
Anyway, so I’ve been getting in some great, great workouts in the local park despite all this. And it’s been pushups, pull-ups and sprints these days … and I’m already noticing the “shape” of my chest – and upper body – start to “bulk” up a bit more if you know what I mean.
Don’t get me wrong. My pull-ups and handstand pushups keep me in excellent shape – but there is nothing that can beat a workout containing various styles of pushups a.k.a 0 Excuses Fitness – they just hit your body from so many different angles and directions that you can literally get in a whole body workout with nothing but TWO or three of these types of pushups!
And today I’ll talk about one style of pushup that gives you that much coveted “wide back” – along with the necessary “depth” towards the middle of the back as well.
That being the wide grip pushups – a mostly forgotten exercises – but one that is nigh effective in doing what I said above – as well as a great one for high rep pushup workouts.
Now, I’ve said before that handstand pushups are the ultimate in terms of building a wide back – and that’s true too.
In Shoulders like Boulders I include a “lat spread” – and as you can tell from the picture, it was NOT taken for purposes of vanity – or bodybuilding – but to show you what is possible – and what CAN happen if you do these regularly, and do ’em the right way.
But what if you can’t do ’em right just as yet? What if you’re still working up to ’em?
Well, you can work on the wide grip pushup, for one.
I haven’t mentioned this in the supplementary exercises section of Shoulders like Boulders – but the wide grip pushup is mentioned in 0 Excuses Fitness – and the way you do it is NOT the way most people advocate it to be done.
You go AS WIDE as you can go – meaning you don’t just go “wide”. You stretch your arms out (to the side) AS FAR as they can go, and while it may seem initially impossible to pound out pushups from this position, it isn’t – watch the videos, and you’ll see.
The other thing to remember with these is that you don’t focus on the chest (purely the chest) while doing these.
You focus on the back – and the way you do it is to imagine you’re pinching a “penny” (no, not what you’re thinking there!) between your shoulder blades.
Again, watch the video – and you’ll get the idea – form is paramount on this, not just in terms of high reps, but also to do the exercise effectively, and really bring out the muscles along the spine and the middle of the back.
Combine this with plenty of Hindu pushups and handstand pushups – and you’ve got a winner – and you’ll be buying new shirts in no time flat!
Come to think of which – that’s precisely what I’m about to go to do now. Hopefully they deliver QUICK!
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