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Push Ups with Monster Band

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Push Ups with Monster Band is an innovative and challenging way to get a full-body workout. This exercise uses a resistance band to intensify the effects of the classic push up. With the resistance band handling most of the weight, you can push yourself to do more repetitions and further increase the strength and endurance of your chest, triceps, shoulders, and core. Strengthen and sculpt your upper body like never before with Push Ups with Monster Band.

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This is Brent of the Brookbush Institute, bringing you another progression for
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push ups. This is really just a way to add resistance to push ups that I found
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particularly interesting. I'm gonna have my friend, Brian, come out and demonstrate. We're
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going to use a monster band to add resistance. So we'll start here. Let me
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move this box out of the way. We'll bring this back in a second. Now it's a little
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tricky to put this thing on.
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You gotta flip it once so that you make a little x with the monster band. Right.
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Flip it over your back.
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Good. And then put your arms through so you end up with this like little
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backpack configuration on your back. Then, you can turn back around, put your hands
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through, and you can get back into your push up position. Now the reason I
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find this exercise so interesting, besides just a nice way to be able to
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add or convenient way to be able to add resistance to a push up, is the fact that
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the resistance curve is the opposite of our other exercises. So, rather than this,
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the push up, getting easier towards the top as it would on a bench press, or get
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easier towards the top as it would on a dumbbell press, in this exercise it's
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actually much, much harder at the top. You ready to give a couple demo push ups here?
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Alright, hit it.
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Let's slow way down there, speedy. Alright. The one downside of this
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exercise, or this particular progression, guys, is notice that you can't really
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get out into the horizontal plane. So if you guys really like your push ups out here,
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that might be an issue. But for individuals with shoulder issues, doing them
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a little lower, closer to the sagittal plane is actually preferred. So, let's try a
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couple more of those. Realize that you could increase the resistance of these
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bands. You notice I have a bunch of different color of these serious
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steel monster bands here. I have tried it with the blue and the green band, and it
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almost killed me. Just that reversal in the resistance curve makes things very
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challenging. Now, the other reason I really like this particular progression
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is because it's very convenient for home exercise programs. I don't know how many
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of you guys have clients who do most of their working out at home. And they don't
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like to go to the gym as much, or maybe they're looking for exercises they can
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do between appointments with their personal trainer at the gym. This
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exercise allows me to add resistance to some of the regressions we use for push
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ups. So, the common regression that I like to use is get somebody doing a
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push up against a wall, or a countertop, or on their couch. Can you show them that
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elevated push up? Without the band.
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So just elevating the hands makes a push up a lot easier, guys, but we run into this
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thing with home exercise programs, where you try to get somebody from here, where
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maybe this is their couch, to flat on the floor, and that's a huge jump. Now what I
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can do, is I can do the elevated push up with the band to create an intermediary
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step between this and the floor. So let's try that.
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Little tougher?
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Yeah, so now we can add a little bit more strength before I have somebody flip all
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the way down to the floor. And just to be cruel to Brian before we end this
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video,
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let's make sure you guys show, we show that this is, this is a progression that
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you can use for all levels from the very beginner with just a little resistance
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added to a wall push up, to using a nice thick- I think this is one or one and a
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half inch blue band- with somebody as strong as Brian on the floor for fifty
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repetitions. No, I'm just kidding! Just show you guys a couple repetitions, show you guys that this is
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really, really challenging. You don't have to give me more than a couple here, Brian.
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Good. Sow down a little bit. And all of a sudden, the guy who could do 50
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push ups, or 60 push ups, or a hundred push ups is back down to that ten to
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twelve rep range that would fit better in our hypertrophy training periodization.
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So we don't just have to stick our push ups in our stability endurance phase
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for those more advanced athletes. This becomes very beneficial. I hope you guys
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enjoyed this video. I hope you guys enjoy this little convenient simple
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progression. I know if you've been watching a lot of my videos, you have
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some monster bands laying around already 'cause we've been using them for joint
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mobilizations and deadlift with anterior to posterior pull. I look forward to
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hearing about just how strong a band you can use for how many reps. I think the
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biggest band I've seen used so far as green. I don't think I've ever seen
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anything bigger than green, and I think about the most reps I've seen as like 6
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to 8 with a green band. So, you guys give me your records at your home clubs. Of