Your video will begin in Pushing Positions with Jason Khalipa Posted on Tue, 20 January 2015 in Pushup Videos by Wodnation 2269 Views 0 0 Hi, guys! Jason Khalipa here at North Cal CrossFit. I want to take a second to talk about the different pressing positions. A lot of people would want to get better with their push-up, they would want to get better with their ring dip, and they would to get better with their handstand push up. I’m here to say they’re all basically exact same motion just put in different planes. So if we think about it, a push-up is pressing horizontally, a handstand push-up or even a press is pressing vertically, and then a dip is pressing down. But they are all the exact same positions that you can work. And so one of the things you’ll find is that a lot of people and they’re trying to develop their movements, they don’t develop it properly. Let me give you an example. Many people when they do push-ups, they round their elbows. And at first, this may seem an easier position. Your elbows flare up. But you’ll find that there is no co-relation to our handstand push-up nor our ring dip. The position support we are looking for is that elbows in, good press. Think about your car running out of gas - you want to press your car or push it, you're being here, think if you’re going to push somebody off you, you’re being here. You never would ever be out in this position here. It’s compromised, an awkward shoulder position. And so while you’re practicing your push-ups, what we want to see you do is keep a good, tight position and allow your head to go forward a little bit if you’re on your knees. So here’s what I mean by that. If I am in this position here and I let my head to come forward just a tad, so my elbows can stay in this good position of support and I’m going to press up. Sinking down from a regular push-up, I just sink down and press up. Now this same exact position calls for my hand to really start pushing. So imagine I’m here, what I basically just did is develop what I call a tripod position. This is now my tripod for a handstand push-up. Hands are bent, hands are in a good position for a handstand push up. That same exact position can be now used in the ring. So let’s look. Boom! What position is this? The exact same. My head is coming forward a bit, my hands are being tight, and it’s a good dip position. What you want to avoid when you try and train in these positions is training in an awkward sets. What I mean by that is while people are going to bend, and they let their elbows flare in this awkward position. But this is never going to be a receiving position for the muscle or a good position for your dip. So big takeaway. The handstand push-up, the push-up, and the dip are exact same positions, just in different planes and different press. All you need to do is develop that the right way. So while in the gym you can get stagnant in one area, keep in mind and keep the mechanics good. Try not to let those elbows flare and get into those awkward positions because it’s never going to support you when you do those exercises. Stay in tight, keep good strong pressing positions because ultimately gymnastics is all about is how well you stabilise your spine and stabilise yourself in this positions. Your shoulders now doing a little extra work. That’s it. Keep practicing. Make it happen.