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Quick and dirty push ups

» by August 4th, 2009 at 11:12 pm » Comments (4)

What happened to summer?! Here in the UK we’re into August and still hardly any sunshine. I usually train outdoors but even the hardiest of fitness fanatics would have been discouraged by the downpoars we have been experiencing recently. So I got in a quick workout indoors in my tiny flat and I thought I […]

No more girly push ups!

» by June 22nd, 2009 at 9:14 pm » Comments (12)

I have been to many circuit classes in my time and in every class the women are allowed to do ‘girly push ups’ – push ups on your knees. This is fine for beginners and it is a fact of life that the vast majority of women, myself included, start off with a real disadvantage […]

How-to: Handstand push-up

» by January 10th, 2008 at 12:04 pm » Comments (17)

One of the most badass exercises you can do in the gym, the handstand push-up is a humbling experience when you first try it. But persevere and you will develop excellent upper body strength.  What is the handstand push-up? A handstand push-up is performed against a wall in the handstand position. You slowly lower your […]

Fun with press-ups!

» by November 5th, 2007 at 6:37 pm » Comments (16)

Watch the press-ups video clip on youtube! The press-up (or push-up) is one of the most versatile exercises out there. A lot of people are put off them because they think they are boring or they associate them with army seargants shouting in your ear. But the simple press-up deserves another look. Abs/core exercise Press-ups are […]