In the early 1800s, a new movement called Strong Men saw the light of day. Athletes of this orientation have completely changed the concept of physical strength and became popular in the shortest possible time. Today we will talk about the representatives of the old school and consider the technique of unique push-ups, which helps to develop the power of the blow.
Who were the strongmen
Not surprisingly, athletes, including former ones, became so-called strongmen. For example, boxers and wrestlers. With basic physical training, the men developed their strength even more, pumped their bodies, and then showed the audience all kinds of strength tricks.
Note that the development of this industry has had a positive impact on many ordinary people. Power shows amazed the imagination and won the hearts of the people. Average men also had a desire to get stronger, and interest in physical education among the general public increased in general.
The popularity of this trend in sports was growing every day, so some strong men even began to write books and create training courses on this topic. There were more than enough people who wanted to buy such a manual. Also, the strongmen began to conduct paid training sessions. This was the beginning of the fitness industry that we see with you today.
Some exercises were forgotten
As it always happens in everything, over time, some exercises began to be forgotten, as they were replaced by new, supposedly more perfect movements. Part of the reason for this was the appearance of the simplest simulators, which were gradually modernized, and people began to understand that it was more convenient to exercise on them.
But as some modern bodybuilding instructors claim, nothing grows muscle better than free weights. That is, with a barbell and dumbbells, and not on simulating machines.
Unusual push-ups described by Thomas Inch
There is a great 1940s book called Exercises from Boxing and Physical Education. Its author is Thomas Inch. Who does not know – this is a British strongman who was born in 1881 and passed away at the age of 81.
So in his book he mentions one very interesting exercise called “Indian push-ups”. But more on that later.
True, it should be noted that since that time, almost all of the above athletes were representatives of a single “caste”. Often the strongman was also a wrestler and a boxer. In general, almost everyone did this exercise. And now more about him.
“Indian push-ups” were incredibly popular at one time, as they made the muscles of the whole body work and developed the power of the blow. Top boxers in those days performed this exercise for 4 sets, 10-15 repetitions each.
Thomas Inch, old school British strongman
Technique for performing the exercise “Indian push-ups”
Inch explains the popularity of this exercise by the fact that during execution it engages the muscles of the whole body and allows you to develop the power of the blow.
So, we take a stable position in the lying position, while trying to evenly distribute the body weight on the legs and arms. With the help of bending the arms, raise the buttocks as high as possible. It is from this position that you need to start doing push-ups.
When the chin and chest are at the bottom, you need to lower the pelvis, bending as much as possible in the lower back. Then throw the body forward, passing the chest, as well as the waist along the floor forward. This is done until the arms are straightened.
After the exercise is done in reverse order.