Last year (2016) there was a challenge going around social media called the 22 Push-up Challenge to raise awareness of the 22 military vets per day who commit suicide due to PTSD. The aim was to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days, and film yourself doing them. In each video, you explained the awareness mission and challenged one of your Facebook friends to take on the challenge.
I thoroughly enjoyed doing the challenge, and believed it fulfilled its goal of raising awareness. But I also enjoyed the physical workout it motivated me to do every day! I tried to do my push-ups in many different locations inside and outside of my house or gym. For my final day, I decided to do something a wee bit different…
I was going to do them on my bike!
You know how Facebook sends you reminders of your past posts? Over the weekend I got a reminder about this one from last year so I decided to repost it on my ICA Facebook page. Someone left a comment on that Facebook post asking me to put the video up on our YouTube channel so she could share it with her boss who was not on Facebook. So I did. If you want to share it as well, feel free to either share this post, or go directly to YouTube and share it from there.
Now, before you go and yell at me for doing something so stupid, please watch it all the way through…there’s an important teaching moment at the end!
I then reposted the YouTube link on the ICA FB page so others could share it. Whoa, Nelly, you’d think people thought I’d gone crazy or something!
If the video is too long and you don’t want to watch (but I reeeeeally wish you would watch it!!), OK, I’ll tell you the ending…
No, I don’t think push-ups are a good idea on a bike. I think they are incredibly foolish, ineffective, and even potentially dangerous. I’ve written about it again and again. I feel like doing it in the video is an effective way to prove that they are absolutely useless and ineffective. If they fatigued my muscles at all…there would be no way on earth I could follow them up with 22 real push-ups from the floor. I am strong…but not THAT strong! 😉
Side note: Doing 22 *real* push-ups a day for 22 days really did improve my strength. I loved the results! Try them, they work!!
As many of you know, and for those who don’t, I’ve been one of the loudest (if not THE loudest) voice in the industry about contradictions in indoor cycling for many years. I’ve written a book on how to teach safe and effective indoor cycling called Keep it Real, I wrote the workshop Contraindications in Spinning for Mad Dogg Athletics and Spinning, and I’ve written countless articles on the topic over the past two decades.
If you would like to read (or share) some of these articles, this one, Why You Shouldn’t Do an Upper Body Workout in Your Indoor Cycling Class, is a great place to start.
This article by ICA contributor Cori Parks is an Open Letter to Indoor Cycling Studios on Safety. At the end of the article, you will find a few dozen links to other supporting articles on the topic.
I hope you enjoyed my “push-ups” and would love to hear your comments. Please share this page or the YouTube link far and wide.
And always remember to #KeepItReal!