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Push-Up to the Top

November 1, 2008 | Featured in the November/December 2008 Issue

You may look like a fish out of water when performing Plyo Push-ups, but no matter what event you swim, they will help you make “fintastic” gains in the speed department.

Plyo Push-ups are an explosive exercise that works your chest muscles. Beijing Olympian Mark Gangloff, who competed in the 100-meter breaststroke, incorporated them into the Elastic Equivalent Training program prescribed by his strength coach, Chris Ritter.

Gangloff performs a slow, heavy lift—e.g., the Bench Press—at 100 percent max effort, followed by a set of explosive Plyo Push-ups, which use the same muscle group. Ritter says, “We vertically load it, so you don’t stay on one exercise and go four sets—you’re cycling through it circuit-style. That allows more recovery for each exercise, so [you can exert] maximal effort. This is where you get the power and reactive force, [and] you can go to the water and transfer that.”

Plyo Push-ups
• Assume push-up position
• Lower body to ground to begin push-up
• Explode up off the ground
• Land in starting position and repeat movement

Sets/Reps/Rest: 4x12 with 2 minutes rest
Coaching Points: Start with just hands coming off ground, then move to full body // Get off ground as quickly as possible

Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...
Zac Clark
- Zac Clark is STACK Media's Custom Content Manager. Prior to joining STACK in September 2008, he served as an editorial assistant for USA Hockey Magazine...
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