Women often compliment me on having sculpted
arms and good shoulders. I always feel a little bit sheepish
about the compliments because it takes so little to get
that look. Heres the secret: slow motion push-ups!
When I divulge my secret to upper body
fitness, women often tell me that they cant even do
a single push-up because their upper bodies are so weak.
My response is, start with one. Thats what I did.
I found that I could add another repetition every few days.
Eventually I worked up to 20 repetitions. I saw a dramatic
change in my arms and upper torso. Now, I do my set of 20
at least 4 times a week. They take a minimal amount of time
and give maximum benefits for the effort.
Recently, two of my friends decided to
try my "slow-mo" push-up plan. Both of them work
out regularly for cardio fitness but neither had any kind
of regimen for upper body strength. Although their arms
are slim, neither had definition or strength. Judi had trouble
putting her weight on her wrists, so we moved her push-ups
to the wall to allow the wall to brace some of the weight
from her wrists. Katie stayed with the slow motion floor
push-ups, eventually working up to 20 from just one "rep."
In a few weeks shes proudly flexing her newly developed
muscles. Shes also amazed at her added strength.
If I have a basic theme to my fitness
philosophy, its probably something like this: If you
want to stay fit for your lifetime, make sure that the workouts
you choose offer maximum benefits for the time you spend.
Small changes in lifestyle can pay off in lasting benefits.