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"Jack LaLanne" Push-Up

Jack LaLanne Push Up-1
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Jack LaLanne Push Up-Jack with fingertips version
The "MASTER" Jack LaLanne himself at age 90.
Note he can do them on his fingertips! Coach Jones at age 45--NOT!

  1. 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 your hips.

  2. 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.

  3. Push hard through hands and use core to lift body back into starting position.

Exercise Figure 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 to someday!

*Note: 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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(Updated 1-25-05)

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