Exercise of the Week: Push-Up to T

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Amar'e Stoudemire Push-Up to T

Every Wednesday, STACK features an Exercise of the Week to help you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility. This week we highlight the Push-Up to T, a Push-Up variation that develops core strength and shoulder stability.

Who's Doing It

  • Amar'e Stoudemire, NBA superstar

Muscular Benefits

  • Increases upper body strength, specifically in the pecs, shoulders and triceps
  • Improves shoulder stability and core strength

Sports Performance Benefits

  • Improved upper body strength helps you overpower opponents, throw a ball harder, hit a ball further and slap a shot harder
  • Improved shoulder stabilizer strength keeps your shoulders strong and stable and helps prevent injury from contact or overuse
  • Strong core rotator muscles help stabilize your trunk for power, stability and balance, so you can tackle harder or take a hit and remain standing

How to Perform the Push-Up to T

  • Start in extended Push-Up position
  • Bend arms and lower chest to just above ground
  • Extend arms, return to starting position
  • Shift weight onto right hand
  • Rotate upper body until shoulders are perpendicular to floor
  • Extend left arm to side to create straight line with arms

Sets/Reps: 3-4x8-10 each side

Coaching Points

  • Keep back flat and core tight
  • Pause at top of T for one to two seconds
  • Rotate slowly back to start position

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