Here is week #9 – DAYS 1 & 5.
My nephew Peter is demonstrating.
The Modified Push Up is the the same as the Level 2 Incline Push Up minus the incline.
INSTRUCTIONS: Start by lying face down (prone) on the floor. Position the palm of the hands (fingers pointing forward) directly under the crease of the underarm, next to the chest. Elbows will point up towards the ceiling, causing the forearms and upper arms to pinch tightly to the upper body.
With the imaginary plank still affixed to the back, originating from the back of the knees to the back of the head, extend (straighten) the arms. Careful NOT to lock out (hyperextend) the elbow at the top of the movement. With control, return the body to the start position and repeat. By now your technique should be spot on with the amount of practice you’ve had up to this point. No pigeons in the house.
Better to do fewer repetitions with excellent form than to do many poorly. Building on a solid foundation is the key.
DAYS 1 & 5 (week #9)
1. 50 High Knees (pumping arms, forearms parallel to ground or hold chest)
2. 12 Modified Push Up (Level 3) = from knees with hands on floor.
3. Repeat circuit 4 times to equal 4 Rounds.
DAYS 2, 4 & 6 = [50 High Knees + 20 Bend Down & Reach Up with Toe Raise] x 4.
DAYS 3 & 7 = [50 High Knees + 14 Half Squat] x 4.
STRETCH YOUR BODY
I swim in a 20 metre pool (25 metres is standard). I listen to my body, so depending on how I’m feeling, I do six to eight lengths for each stroke; reviewing technique and refining. There is SO much to think about, let alone the breathing! Here is a training tip that I apply to just about everything. Let me know if it makes sense to you.
This is a metaphor:
First, imagine a clock with a second hand. Each sixty seconds represents one repetition (of whatever: push up, squat, front crawl…). Each second within the minute represents a refinement. Quite impossible to think of everything all at once. But you can train your mind to be active and refine a different part of your mechanics each second. And when you get really good that’s when the nano corrections come into play. Can’t get bored when you’re interested in what your doing. You can well imagine I’ve got something to say on that topic too!
Thanks for all your positive comments! Let me know how your 4 Minute Mornings are coming along.
Wow! I just started week 9 this morning and was amazed at the differences I felt. Different muscles (more triceps, I don’t know if that’s good) and still quite hard. My left shoulder just doesn’t allow me to keep the elbow all the way in, so it’s a learning process. Definitely impressed with the differences I’ve seen since doing the high knees without shoes. Thanks and keep up the good work!
Hi Mary Lou,
Thanks for the update! Enjoy that learning process. From my experience, the process just keeps on – it’s endless. Daily, I am amazed at how much more there is learn. So cool.
Keep me posted.