Jun 1st, 2006
By Mike Minium
Although the photos above demonstrate two versions of the push-up (there are many more: one-armed push-ups, incline push-ups, decline push-ups, and handstand push-ups, to name just a few), the lesson to be gleaned from the photos is that nearly any exercise can be scaled to the abilities of the individual.
The same photo sequence could be applied to pull-ups, dips, or countless other movements we perform at CrossFit.
In the top photo, Nicole is demonstrating the knee push-up. This push-up is often referred to as the “girl” push-up, although it’s really for anyone who doesn’t yet have a legitimate, full-range push-up.
In the bottom photo, Nicole is in the middle of a strict push-up, where knees, hips, abdomen, chest, and nose all hit the ground in unison. At the top of the push-up, she’ll push through her shoulders (active shoulders) and come to full extension.
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