"Jack LaLanne" Push-Up
The "MASTER" Jack LaLanne himself at age
Note he can do them on his fingertips! Coach Jones at age 45--NOT!
Place feet wider than shoulder width and
extend arms all the way over head in line with shoulders. Arms should be
straight. In the "up" position you'll have a slight bend (flexion) in
Lower body from three points--the hips,
elbows, and shoulders. No one point will bend that much--just equal out
the downward travel movement from all three points as you drop a few inches.
Push hard through hands and use core to
lift body back into starting position.
Tips: Push ups are usually thought of as "arms and
chest" exercises but they are underrated as "core" exercises and especially
advanced versions. This is the trademark push up of American Fitness
Pioneer Jack LaLanne, and believe me, it's HARD CORE! If you don't have
extremely developed core and shoulders you won't be able to safely attempt this
advanced push up. Of all my push up variations, this is one of the
absolute hardest and ranks in difficulty with the 1-Arm Push Up.
Special thanks for my friend and fitness
guru and legend Jack LaLanne for not only his push up--but a lifetime of
fitness and health as he led the way for the era of Modern American Fitness
the last 50+ years! For more challenge, do them on your fingertips like
Jack--yeah right! Most people will drop to the floor just trying to get
into the starting position. Very few people I've seen can do a Jack
LaLanne Push Up--but it's good to know this challenging push up is out there
and still being done by Jack at age 90...it gives me something to look forward
This exercise is intended for "normal healthy"
individuals. If you have an injury, or abnormal pain is present,
see your physician or a certified physical
therapist before continuing your exercises.
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