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Published on Nov 22, 2009
WARNING: DO WARM-UP & STRETCHING EXERCISES BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANYTHING THAT'S SHOWN ON THE VIDEO TO LESSEN INJURY. ANY INJURY TAKEN BY DOING WHAT'S ON THE VIDEO SHOWN WILL NOT BE ACCOUNTED BY THE OWNER OF THIS VIDEO. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE DOING ANY KIND OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THAT'S NEW TO YOU!
This is my reply to a request from one of my subscribers, answering the question on improving hand speed. One of the basic fundamentals that a person can do to improve one's hand speed is through push ups, since it strengthens the muscles of the upper body that are used when doing martial art hand techniques. There are a lot of push up variations, & it really depends on the person on what push up he/she should use that will really compliment his/her training, & also according to the physical threshold that a person has.
What makes the Reverse Push Up different from the rest is its mechanics, going against the majority of the push up mechanics: starting a few centimeters, to 1-2 inches from the floor. From that position, you then literally push yourself up as high as you can in the air, extending your arms & elbows, & then going back down to the floor AS SOFTLY & AS GENTLE AS YOU CAN. Another note that you'll observe is, this push up literally mimics punching, since you're "exploding" your power to the floor, w/c in turn pushes you, that's why you end up being in mid-air =).
Reps? Sets? There are no specific reps or sets that you could limit yourself w/. You can do this push up until your body feels that it's not challenged in doing this anymore. Personally, I would it by 5's, & as I gained strength, I did it by 10's. Like any other exercise, practice good form. If you don't practice good form, you'll definitely get injured. I discovered this exercise as I went through some magazines, & found it on one of the editions of Blackbelt magazine (see what research can do XD?)
To the person who requested this & to everyone, I hope that this helped you even in the smallest way. Before I forget, when doing this push up, don't forget to breathe XD. Exhale sharply when you "explode" on the push up; it gives you more lift & it also lets you practice exhaling on doing strikes. God bless you all. HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING =D! Take care, & always train safe =3.