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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hindu Pushups

(Remember: I'm not a doctor, so all standard disclaimers apply. Proceed at your own risk!)

Today we start looking at some of the exercises you might want to add to your workout, and this is one I would recommend to everybody. It's called a Hindu Pushup, and I like it because it works almost your whole body at once. Here's a video to show you how it's done; it shows you from two angles and in slow motion:

As you can see, this isn't quite like a regular pushup! In fact, some of you may be familiar with a type of pushup called a dive-bomber; the first half of this pushup is done the same way. The second half looks like the Panther Stretch Pushup I wrote about last month.

This is not an easy pushup to do. If you can do two or three of them when you start, you should feel pretty good about yourself. This pushup has a lot of benefits:
  • As I said before, it works a lot of muscle groups, so you get a lot of benefit for a little bit of time.
  • You're less likely to hurt yourself, simply because you're constantly changing the angles of your effort. A corollary to this is that it works your shoulder in a circular motion, rather than a straight out-and-back move, which helps develop balance in all those little shoulder muscles that get hurt so easily.
  • Personally, I find it helps my posture.
  • Some people say this exercise will help rehabilitate a sore shoulder. I suspect that depends on how you injured it, but I can see how the circular work might help restore some balance by strengthening some of the neglected muscles.
Some people prefer dive-bombers, and there's some argument over which one is better. I don't think it matters, as long as you do one of them. I like Hindu Pushups simply because it feels like two entirely different exercises being done at once.

How many of these you want to do is up to you. You can do them in sets, during a workout; you can do a few early in the day, a few midday, and a few at night; or you can just try to see how many you can do in a row. If you get to where you can do 50 of these in a row, I don't think you'll have to worry much about strength!


  1. Have you ever heard of a guy by the name of Matt Furey ?

  2. Yeah, I mentioned Furey in passing in the book list earlier this week. I've got two or three of his books, and I like them except I think they're a little hard for anybody who hasn't been working out regularly.

    Furey (as I'm guessing you know) is big on Hindu Pushups - they're one of his Big Three exercises, along with Hindu Squats and Bridging. John Peterson (who I also mentioned in the book list) simply calls these Furey Pushups, because he learned them from Matt Furey. In fact, Furey taught them to Peterson to help him overcome a shoulder injury; that's where I got that tip from.