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Pushups – Navy Seal Way!

Posted: January 10, 2011 by Dave Kohrell in Crossfit, Strength Training
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Chest do deck.  Straight down and up.  Do it right!  Push ups in their variety, shared previously, are wonderful!  Ever wonder what the strict, proper form is?  No better source than the Navy Seals!

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Credit for discovering this hard core exercise video series from “coach tara” from YouTube (she has over 40 of them) is Joel Grenemeier.  He’s a fine Lincoln East Alum who hits his workouts hard!  Now that my 52 week journal of CrossFit is nearly done – am focusing on specific exercises that push, pull or propel fitness.  There’s well over 52 – enough for the whole year.

So am starting with the foundational exercise – Push Up. The push up is a perfect body weight exercise that works the pectoral region and triceps.  It can be expanded to work the whole body!

For those that have dabbled in P90x – Tony Horton has over eight varieties.  Chest to Deck and Hand Stand Push Ups are a mainstay of CrossFit.  Neither one tops the variety that Coach Tara has here -oh and she’s 42.  So no excuses!

For a list of Coach Tara’s videos on You Tube – go to http://www.youtube.com/user/CoachTara#p/u/11/2J8ol7BEwq8

Weekly stats
* Running – 30 miles
* Bike/spinning – 0 miles
* Swimming – .36 mile
* Rowing – .6 kilometers
* Crossfit – WOD (workout of the day) – 3 and 1/2 total
Some nice, high intensity running this week, some on the road workouts and my first visit to the Crossfit Lincoln affiliate!  8 milers on Sunday and Thursday were at a good clip – 9:30-9:40 pace.  A nice set of repeat 400’s on the track Tuesday with a healthy does of metabolic conditioning in between each repeat completed the running highlights.  Got a little swimming and rowing in as well.  Also been reading and researching about nutrition.  I’ll post more as a learn and find meaningful content.

Sunday, Day 57 –  8 mile run with the dogs!  Squeezed this run in between church and a later lunch.  Fun to roll out with some definite time pressure.  Right at 9:50 clip.

Monday, Day 58 – Crisp morning during Spring Break. 3.25 run mile while Rachael was riding her bike.  Then a little Tabata inspired swim session of 8 x 25 yard no breath repeats and 25 yard recovery lap.  2 minutes per lap total and no breath laps were in 19 to 22 second range.

Tuesday, Day 59 –  Coach Dave K – meet Lincoln Crossfit!  And what a great orientation workout.  Learned a ton (didn’t quite lift that amount ;-)!  May have to wait a few days for part two.   This first one focused on validating deadlift, sumo lift, medicine ball clean form.  Then a great workout.  1k rowing warm up, push ups, GHD situps and back, air squats. Then form instruction by Phil and a Tabata session – 6 rounds (20 sec on 10 sec off) of 95lb deadlifts, situps and 14lb wall ball. Score – 9 deadlifts, 10 situp, 7 wall ball (low score). Totals 61 total deadlifts, 66 situps, 54 wall ball.

To add more fun, PM session was our weekly track workout.  Anelle, Andi, Joy and Sherri! 8 x 400’s w/ 200 rest and mix of push ups, air squats, situps. 1.35, 1.39, 1.40, 1.31, 1.35, 1.37, 1.38, 1.41.  4.25 total miles.

Wednesday, Day 60 –  Crossfit WOD – following Lincoln.  Cash In- Tabata of dips (used assisted 40lbs @ Y) low score was 9, total 61. 18.22 for the main WOD. 5 rounds of bench, back squat, pull ups. Rd 1 155 bench x 3, 135 BS x 7, 12 pull, Rd 2-5 145 bench (6, 7, 6, 5), 135 BS (7,8,6, 7), Pull (11, 10, 10, 11, 12). Cash out – GHD BE’s – 60 seconds 24, 21, 24 – got them right, hammy’s were trembling.

Thursday, Day 61–  8.45 miles of running, with Heidi and Y gang at a 9.39 clip.  Slow 1.25 mile warm up (10 minute pace) then cruising speed at 9:20 for 5.9 and final 1.25 in 10.30.  Perfect morning.  Will repeat same run on Day 68 for 9 mile total

Friday, Day 62 – In Roseville MN, a traveling WOD over 28 minutes.  AM – 100 air squats, 2 minute wall sit. PM  – 100 pushups, 10 handstand pushups. 50 jump rope, 50 situps, 25 superman, 50 bicycles, 50, oblique extension (25/25) and 50 mason twist.

Saturday, Day 63 – 6.1 mile run from hotel in Roseville to Lake Johanna and back.  Nice day – upper 30’s.  Beautiful trail.  Kept a 9:40 pace again.  Want to keep this pace for 20 miler next Saturday and ratchet down Thursday run pace to 8:50.

Angie is a nice, no sense workout that requires minimal equipment (pull up bar). This heart pounder involves 100 continuous reps of pull-ups, push ups, squats (air) and situps. I took my first pass at a Droid recording and subsequent Power Director video edits. So my disclaimer, this ain’t polished.

Of benefit in reviewing this is my breakdown in form on push up (not perfect chest to ground, but it was outside on partial snow, so chilly!) and my buns didn’t go low enough on squats. The second one, squats, have been a struggle, yet important and beneficial one to correct, of mine the last four weeks since beginning CrossFit. They’re improving. But still not to full CrossFit range of motion standard. Meeting that standard ensures improved triathlon performance as well!

Here’s the video – please be gentle. =]