So this week’s video is about the hindu push up. It’s a little slow coming off the request pile, but hey, we went to India and things slowed down a little.
Anyone that has been in a mat class over the last few months has been witness to my love of this exercise. Especially the folks who come to the level 2 classes.
If the exercise itself isn’t immediately familiar to you, the progressions I talk through will be.
So why do I love it so much. Mostly because the full version of the exercise feels great to do when your body can, Its a wonderfully rhythmic combination of a push up, a front plank, down face dog or Ardho Mukha Svanasana and up face dog or Ardho Mukha Svanasana. The progressions to wards the final exercise are a great way to work on triceps, anterior deltoids and the shoulder flexion component of the Biceps function. Your Serratus anterior has to work to keep the scapulae stable and connected to the thorax and the Pecs and Lats work through the movement in a lovely dancey way – less grunty than pull ups and regular push ups. What’s all this nerd speak amount to? An exercise that is challenging but doable and has huge bang for the buck in building shoulder strength and stability.
The exercise has further progressions, and as your strength builds, and confidence, the shoulder work from the hindu push up becomes the key to this exercise (though challenging, it is easier than it might at first look)