If you are looking to build up arm and core strength, and you don't want to use lots of equipment, then push-ups are a great option. 7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups is a useful guide to how to do them, even for people who are not aiming at 100. It is a simple book with 144 pages combining black and white photographs and text. It has advice about injury prevention and warming up, how to do basic push-ups, and on variations. It has plans for people at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and it also gives a test to work out what level you are at. There's also a section for people who can only do 1 or 2 push-ups at the start, and they need to go through a preliminary program to get them into shape enough to at least be able to do a few. At each level, there are 7 weeks during which you exercise three times a week, leaving a day or two between each session, to give your muscles time to recover and build up. In each session, you do a warm up, then between 5 and 8 sets with at least a minute's rest between each set, and a stretch at the end. This book will be helpful to anyone looking to improve their push-up technique, and it provides a great way to get fitter.
© 2012 Christian Perring
Christian Perring, Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York