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Here are two ways to create a new training stimulus from this battle-tested exercise. First, the basic "triple threat" push-up protocol:
Too easy? Here's the advanced version:
You can rest up to 15 seconds in transition between push-up variations.
Perform 1-3 sets.
The Triple Drop Set Method
Both push-up protocols are based on the triple drop-set concept. They both begin with the most difficult push-up variation and progressively "work down" to the easiest version. In other words, as you fatigue, the exercises become easier, allowing you to continue to crank out high-quality reps with less risk of injury.
There are two ways we adjust the exercises to make them progressively easier as you get tired:
- Reduce the weight load (take the plate off your back).
- Shorten the lever arm (elevating your hands), which gives you a greater mechanical advantage.
To create further training variety and minimize overloading certain tissues, occasionally mix-up hand placement on the push-ups: wide, close, staggered, etc.).