Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday Word & Weight: Push Press


1 Thessalonians 5:18
BE THANKFUL in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 

Being thankful is not always something that just HAPPENS. We are called to be thankful, we are asked to be thankful, it should flow out of us, but some days it takes effort! Ephesians tells us to set aside grumblings and negative speak and we are commanded here in 1Thessalonians 5:18 to be thankful in ALL circumstances for it's God's will if we belong to Christ Jesus. 

ALL circumstances? Yes, all. Most of you reading live a safe, full, rich life with ups and downs, with some hills and valleys. We face trials that are HARD, sadness comes into our lives and YES sometimes bad things happen to good people. But we are still blessed and if we are believers, we find our hope and joy, not in our circumstances or what is around us, but in our savior and nothing can spoil, rust or remove that.  
So be thankful!!

 WEIGHT: 1 arm Push Press
I am officially obsessed with the 1 arm push press. It's more than just an overhead press because the idea is you are pressing more than you could just lift straight overhead. AND when you do single arm or unilateral exercises, you use greater forces and engage more muscle fibers. It doesn't allow your dominant or strong arm to overpower, each has to work separately and equally!  

You start with the weight, a single Dumb bell or Kettle bell in the "racked" position on your shoulder. This is shown in the video below, arm tucked in, weight directly above shoulder, not tipped forward. You do a slight squat or dip down and drive your legs up and "float" that heavy weight up over head and lower nice and slow. Repeat for your desired reps on each side. Be sure to engage your core as you press up and RELY on your legs to assist the weight up, don't just press, PUSH with your lower body as well. 

It's an amazing exercise for strength gains, engaging stabilizing muscles and evening out muscle imbalance PLUS it's FUN.
Check it out: 

Have a HAPPY thanksgiving, I will be giving you a full recap of my day, Mack and I are hitting a few thanksgivings and he is meeting the whole LOT of my crazy FAM!! My brother is in town too, there is SO much to be thankful for!! 

Don't forget to try the Dumbbell Push Press and have an amazing day!

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