I’m going to tell you a little speed secret today, and at the end of this, you’re either going to love me or hate me. Either way, I feel compelled to share this because I’ve got so many people asking for tips regarding push-ups. It occurred to me that I do have a few deep dark secrets locked away that I don’t often share. This is one of them.

Chances are, you’re probably approaching push-up training and testing all wrong. Too much thrust and not enough vector as we used to say. Over the years I have watched a lot of people come and go from special operations. In those many thousands of young men I have watched, coached and mentored, I have noticed patterns. As Tony Robbins says, after interacting with enough people you see certain universal patterns. Bodyweight calisthenics are no different. No one is thinking very deeply about them, and as a result, your quality of action sucks. Remember, the quality of action determines they result!

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