It's no secret that I love me some push-ups! I have mentioned before that one of my favorite things about my Jillian Michaels on line program is that nearly every single workout will have at least 2 variations of push ups, sometimes 3 or 4 different variations per work out, and you get to do each at least 40 times! I just love push ups! Not really for one certain area, but more because they are a total body move. If you concentrate and keep everything tight, you can really feel it in your whole body.
When I started mixing in Insanity workouts w/my Jillian workouts,(you can find links to both on the left side of the blog) I was introduced to a whole new variety of push-up goodness!! While both workouts have push ups, both are done totally differently with different goals. In Jillians, they are slow, concentrated movements, while in Insanity they are done much faster in a plyometric style. I love both. I started off wanting to find a video of my current favorite push up, as i knew it would be hard to describe. It's like a hybrid of a burpee, frog push-up, and squatting push up. I couldn't' find a video of just the push up alone, but did find this little gem. It's Shaun T, Mr. Insanity himself, on The Dr's performing the push-up I am currently loving! It is not the traveling push-ups, although I love them too. It's after that. He does it here w/o much push-up action, but in the workout video, when you dive down into the push-up position, you do one before you jump back up. Watch for it......it's from 1:50 - 1:59
Did you see it?? Keep in mind that this is The Man himself, using perfect form and speed. They don't' look that good when I do them!! But they are challenging, as challenging for my arms/shoulder/chest as they are for my abs/hammies/glutes. Love em.
Yes the workouts are that hard, and that fast paced. They are short though, only around 45 minutes each. There are so many moves in each one, it really flies by. It also makes me sweat like nothing else I've done.
Anyhow, give them a try, see how many you can do and where you feel them the most!
Just keep a bottle of water within reach!