Coach Sommer Posted February 20, 2008 Share Posted February 20, 2008 Occasionally when boredom strikes, we will play around with some clapping pushups in warm-up. The added intensity from the plyometric motion makes these a challenging exercise. Plus it is alot of fun to see who can come up with the hardest variation. Clapping Pushups: The standard clap in front of the chest and the slightly harder clap behind the back are fun, although there are several harder variations that you might enjoy exploring: 1) Clap behind and then clap in front before catching on the ground. 2) The best that I have seen from my athletes is a clap in front, clap behind and then clap in front again before catching. Lots of fun and a lot of good crashes when playing around with this one. Other Fun Variations: 1) Hop your feet as well as your hands up off the ground 2) Hop your body up off the ground, while in the air tuck your feet through your hands and land in a reverse pushup position. 3) Hop your body up off the ground, while in the air tuck your feet through your hands with a half twist and land back in a regular push-up position. 4) Another version that is fun is to pushup (but plan on EXPLODING up) and then add a full twist before catching once more on the ground. This may be done while leaving the feet on the ground or hopping the entire body up into the air. Do it somewhere that landing on your side or belly will be somewhat comfortable as you will spend quite a bit of time laughing & crashing while learning this variation. Yours in Fitness, Coach Sommer 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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