I’m a professional, do not try this at home! (wink)

Here’s a fun one for you. I was racking the ‘ol cabeza, literally, to come up with some new vertical push exercises.

Lets see. We’ve got overhead presses, dips, push press/jerks…what about a Hand Stand Push Up?

Can I even do one?

Watch the videos below and find out.

Here is attempt #1. For the record I did 5 or 6 total, though my bro only caught 2 or 3.

I am aware they were not pretty. My hips “sagged” towards the door. What happened to my trunk stability?

Attempt #2, Tripod Push Up. (wanted to correct the sagging hips, so changed direction)

No chance. I think I maxed out on the first set.

Attempt #3, From a Hand Stand again with back against the door.

Nope! Not happening. Have to try again tomorrow.

To my clients. Yup, you know what’s coming. Hope you don’t mind having blood rush to your head. 🙂

Course, I won’t teach it, if I can’t do it, so your safe. For a little while.


Mike Alves

Personal Training, Semi-Private Training & Boot Camps in Boston and Newton, MA

Club training vs In Home Training

Greetings earthlings,

Wet day, long time no write and a new story for you.

This past week I began training some club clients in their homes. Having never trained them in their homes before, understandably, they were apprehensive.

Alas, 45 minutes later, tired, glistening and short of breath, their opinions had changed.

You see, in a club you have lots of tools, a destination, space and people.

In a home, you have convenience, the needed tools, sufficient space and privacy.

In a club, you have distractions, a gym membership fee, travel, staff turnover, parking issues, etc…

In a home, you have no distractions (except maybe pets licking you when you’re on the floor), no travel, no gym fee and front row parking.

In a club, it takes time moving from A to B.

In a home, it takes no time to move from A to A.

To get in a great workout at home, you don’t need much, but you do need some things. This week my clients have used Val slides, super bands, dumbbells, jungle straps and a foam roller. Those are collectively inexpensive and less than 2 months gym membership.

Other items we’ve used have been a bed, a carpet, a sofa, a foam roller, a tool box, a mat, a door, and a wall.

So if you ever thought you couldn’t get a workout in at home, maybe you should give it another shot.

Thank you to all that have welcomed me into your homes this week.

Cheers and great nutrition tips to come.