SPRING IS HERE SPRING IS HERE SPRING IS HERE SPRING IS HERE!!!!
Sorry, I’m a little excited that I can actually see my sidewalk again and the snowbansk are starting to gradually reduce. The downside is that there’s potholes everywhere and my back alley is part dirt road and part “Washington crossing the Delaware” to try to get to work in the morning. Whatever. I spent about two hours shoveling slush out of my driveway and the back alley, which gave me a wicked cardio burn deep in the lungs. The funniest thing I’ve found is stuff like this is becoming all the rage in fitness centres, with people hauling sandbags, hammering tires, dragging sleds, carrying pipes or buckets. We used to do this growing up, but we called it something different. What was it? Oh yeah, we called it WORK, and we did it to pay the bills and put food on the table. I’m going to have specialized Boot Camps soon where people just come over to my house in the winter, pay me $15 and spend an hour shoveling my snow. The funny thing is I’m sure it’s been tried before, and it’ll only be a matter of time before someone decides to make it a certification.
Anyways, after spending the past three or four weeks wearing the same gold-colored t-shirt to present exercise demos and workout and whatnot, I had to do some laundry, but not before I could bring you todays taste of Awesome Sauce in concentrated form known as the Decline Pushup. Check it out, yo!!
What the hell is that?? That’s me using some handles to get lower into the pushup movement, and yeah, my nose is touching the floor and pausing for a brief but oh so impressive moment. The decline increases the load on the arms during the pushup movement, and allows a form of progressive overload to anyone with an elevated surface handy. The core stabilization requirements alone can help back pain, hip problems, and scapular stabilization issues much better than trying to isolate any of those. I would rather do pushups for someone with scapular issues than a dumbell press or a bench press, simply because it encourages more of a scapular movement than the other two, which usually pins the scap under the thoracic cage and restricts their movement. Chains would make this that much more bad-ass, but whatever.
Why the hell is the gym empty?? Maybe I should have washed the clothes sooner…..
On a side note, yesterday I asked everyone out there in reader-land what they wanted me to talk about, and I have to say the responses were some doozies, but ones I think would go well. Here’s the thing: I’m a man of the people, and since it’s voting season up here in Canada I’ll let you decide what answer is going to be the best. Check a box in the poll below and let me know what idea you want to have more knowledge bombs dropped on your head so that I can make you all hella smart and awesome like me.