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If you overheard my clients' conversations, you might get the wrong idea.

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#WorkoutWednesday Finisher: Take Your Pushups Up a Notch.

To this day, the pushup is one of my favorite exercises. A lot of bodybuilders and training enthusiasts reach a certain level of strength and abandon it. And I get it...if you're able to knock out a set of 50+ reps it can feel like a long and boring set more geared towards muscular endurance than strength. But there are ways around it.

I commonly will use the pushup on the backend of a compound superset. For example, I may do a set of Dumbbell Presses or Flyes for a hard 8-10 reps and go immediately into pushups. When in this pre-exhausted state, I'm lucky if I reach 15-20 reps.

I also like to use the pushup as a finisher. Recently I've been experimenting with placing bursts of static holds in the bottom. Here's how I execute it.

- Do 5 reps, then hold the bottom for 5 seconds.
- Do 5 more reps, then hold the bottom for 10 seconds.
- 5 more and a 15 second hold.
- 5 more and a 20 second hold.
- 5 more and a 25 second hold.
- And finally, 5 more and a 30 second hold.

On the static holds, its important to still be hovering off the ground so the resistance stays on the muscles.

When it's all said and done, I've done 30 pushups with a combined 1 minute and 45 seconds of static holds in the stretch position. I've yet to complete it with out having to take a 10 second break between the 25 second hold and last set 5 reps of pushups. But I'll get it!

Watch the video to see it in action and you'll see the pain in my face at the end. The deep pec fiber and tricep burn is intense, to say the least. It's a test of mental toughness.

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