The LaLanne Pushup

Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011) was a fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert and motivational speaker who has helped so many to reach their goals.  He has been known as “the godfather of fitness” and a “fitness superhero.”

Jack always trained as he was training for the Olympics.  When weight lifting he would always go until it was impossible for him to go on.  Truly an inspirational man who could teach us all a world of knowledge.  This week, try a new move on his behalf, the LaLanne push up! 

  1. Place feet a little wider than shoulder width and extend arms all the way over head in line with your shoulders.  Arms should be straight. In the “up” position you’ll have a slight bend in your hips.
  2. Lower body from three points– your hips, elbows, and shoulders. No point will bend very much–just make sure the downward travel movement is equal from all three points as you drop a few inches.
  3. Push hard through hands and use core to lift body back into starting position. Repeat until failure as Jack would do!

The stronger your core muscles are the easier this exercise will be as it is primarily a test of core and shoulder strength.  This is not easy and could take some of you a few months to master.  But once you do, try it on your finger tips for an extra challenge.  Hey, even Jack could do it at age 90!

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