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T-Pushup With Dumbbells — Perfect Partner For Bodyweight Core Training

Written by shapeshifter

Bruce is back with another piece of compelling advice…

“The Most powerful fighter is an ordinary man with laser precision focus.”
—Bruce Lee

Obviously, he was talking about his craft — fighting — but the lesson must also be applied to health and fitness…

The most efficient trainee is an ordinary person who uses laser precision in their exercise selection, progression and workout protocols.

Bruce Lee taught us to be wary of dogma. That’s the first step in opening the mind enough to search out and use the best tool and the best approach for a specific job.

But once the tool is decided upon, you also need to focus on rock solid technique.

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
—Bruce Lee

That’s another Bruce-ism that underscores the point. Grooving perfect technique in a given exercise is going to set you up for the NEXT exercise in the progression. In order to truly understand that, you have to realize that we aren’t JUST training muscles (or burning fat) when we exercise… We’re training the NERVOUS SYSTEM.

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And that’s serious business. Your nervous system is what drives EVERYTHING else. When it’s firing properly, it opens floodgates in the body that allow you to train in a way that slaps on muscle and rips off fat.

But if you mistreat your nervous system, it’ll throw on the parking brake and your progress will come to a grinding halt. That’s why we take quality of coaching so seriously. You need PRECISE instruction and coaching cues if you want to get full benefit from your training.

We’re very careful to provide that type of quality coaching when we introduce you to a new exercise or training method. Unfortunately, that seems to be the exception rather than the rule for a lot of coaches online.

But there are a handful of people that we trust wholeheartedly to provide instruction on this site. And one of them is our colleague Dr Kareem Samhouri. He’s not only a true master of human movement, he’s also a fantastic teacher. And that’s a powerful combo.

Dr K is also maestro of many tools. We’ve both been members in Kareem’s Double Edge Fat Loss mega-site for the past few months and the variety of tools, methods and exercises he provides is mind boggling.

So when it came time to present the T-Pushup with dumbbells, we knew just who to call…

Not only does Kareem have outstanding coaching cues, he understands exactly what we’re driving at. He knows that the nervous system is the keeper of the keys. And he’s comfortable with blending multiple training tools and approaches to reach a PRECISION training solution that would be impossible if we were mired in dogma…

So let’s check out the T-Pushup with dumbbells. Keep in mind that this is being presented as a ramp up towards the Side Plank Thrust

Like I said, superb coaching…

And I’m sure you can see the relationship of that exercise to the Side Plank Thrust we looked at last time. Once you’ve built up your ability to stabilize on one dumbbell and lift the other towards the sky — using perfect form — you’ll have developed the kind of core stability that’ll allow you to easily blast out reps of the Side Plank Thrust.

But hopefully you also saw how we snuck in under the radar — training the nervous system every step of the way to be ready for the next progression. That means that everything stays firing at 100% and that we’re able to draw maximum fat burning and muscle building potential out of our workouts.

When you skip steps and force the nervous system to compensate, you throw a wrench into your body transformation potential…

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.”
—Bruce Lee

Get rid of the faulty movement patterns. Banish your body’s imbalances. Build your foundation properly using whatever tools are best for the job and you’ll unlock your full potential.

Stay tuned… we’ll be back in a few more days with more information about the importance of the nervous system in your training and how you can fuse bodyweight workouts with dumbbells for some serious body transformation results.

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  • Thanks again Dr K for another great tutorial 🙂

    As Adam wrote above, we’ve both been members of Dr K’s Double Edged Fat Loss site for the past couple months. I’ve spent that time working with his materials and I’ve gotta tell ya I’m having a blast. It’s great stuff, it’s comprehensive and well explained, and I’ve seen superb results with his workouts. They’re also fun and very very challenging – each time I finish one I step outside and wring out my t-shirt.

    Dr K is a respected colleague and a good friend. We’d love to share more of his work with you as BodyweightCoach continues to grow.

    It’s part of our mission to keep bringing you the best. We hope ya like it 🙂

    Ryan

    http://www.bodyweightcoach.com
    http://www.ryanmurdock.com

    • haha! you guys rock!

      love having you on board, and you’ve cultivated a phenomenal bodyweight culture over here. You all are very intelligent, motivated, and eager to learn. Thanks for allowing me this opportunity to share my passion with you.

      I’m looking forward to working with each one of you at some point soon…

  • That is a great exercise. We were doing them in circuit training, but they seemed to disappear.
    I have wondered why martial artist seem to love lots of push ups. But a punch generates power, not so much from the arms pushing, but from the hips moving and shoulders twisting. This exercise come closer to working those muscles

    • Hey Harry – yeah, that’s a great example of the functional carry over you enjoy when you focus on training not just the muscles but specifically developing the nervous system.
      Cheers,
      Adam

    • >But a punch generates power, not so much from the arms pushing, but from the hips moving and shoulders twisting.

      This type of exercise has such great carryover to striking because it works the core in a unique way – and the core is what connects upper and lower (or shoulder and hip, in your example) and channels that power from the legs out through the fist. If your core is weak, that’s where you’ll leak power. There’ll be a “disconnect” between your upper and lower body. This exercise trains the nervous system so you learn how to fire the core through rotation, stabilizing the trunk and channeling that power throughout your structure. A great exercise for martial artists 🙂

  • I have a question about this exercise. I try to be careful about lower back twisting movements because every now and then I seem to “throw my back out.” Not sure why this happens — sometimes just bending over to pick up a piece of paper off the floor can do it! (I’ve had an MRI and nothing is out of place, no bulging disks, etc.) My question: Is this stressful on the lower back? Is there anything I should be aware of when doing the exercise so that I don’t hurt my lower back? Thanks!

    • Sounds like you might have a hypermobility in your back… a segment of your spine that wants to move too much and others that don’t move enough…. this results is what’s called a ‘stuck facet’ and is negative on MRI’s, etc. but it’s real pain.

      Finding a good manual physical therapist will help… and improving spinal mobility in the hypomobile segments is the first key… then, stabilizing the hypermobile through beginner versions of exercises like this…

      hope this helps!

      • Thanks Dr. K! I look into this further. I’m determined to get back to my athletic lifestyle, but I’m trying to build up slowly. Appreciate your response.

  • HI GUYS, AS I HAVE SHARED I JUST HAD BI-LATERAL TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT.
    DURING THE DOWNTIME BEFORE AND AFTER I HAVE ATROPHIED DRAMATICALLY.
    I HAVE A OHYS THERAPIST THAT IS WORKING THE LEGS AND IN 5 WEEKS I AM WALKING AND FEELING GREAT PROGRESS
    BUT; MY UPPER BODY TOO HAS TAKEN A BEATING AND NEEDS TO GET STRONG AGAIN
    I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY OTHER TRAINERS NOT TO DO PUSH UPS ETC (BODYWEIGHT WORK) AS MY BODY ISN’T STRONG ENOUGH NOT TO HURT A SHOULDER OR SOME OTHER MUSCLE.
    HOWEVER I LOVE THE STUFF YOU GUYS ARE DOING AND WOULD LIKE SOME GUIDELINES AS TO HOW I CAN FOLLOW YOUR PROTOCOL AS OPPOSED TO GOING INTO THE GYM AND STARTING A DUMBELL REGIME.
    THANKS FOR LISTENING JOHN BAIN

    • Hey John,

      I politely disagree… but I can’t see you.

      I’d suggest you just find the right level of ‘push up’ so that you can exercise safely. This applies to all exercises. The comment started out talking about a BKA, but it ended talking about an upper body exercise. I think this is a common point of confusion… it’s essential to exercise everything else in your body as much as possible while injured (just not the injury without medical guidance) – it speeds up healing significantly.

      I’d suggest you go see a PT if you’re worried about what’s safe… but definitely progress to bodyweight exercises as soon as your body can take it and find a level that works for you…

      hope this helps!

      -k

  • Very interesting John and I have been around the fitness industry for 30 + years and I must say I haven’t seen this excersise T -pushup with DB, I will be trying this one out and using it in some of my fitness classes, Once I can master it myself ! I run a non profit boxing club fitness center here in a very small town in NS. Canada and this is the first time I have heard of you, But I will be listening and learning, This is one thing I have learned John there is always something new to learn no matter what the age.

    • Hey Tom,

      Thanks for the comment – I’m really glad to have taught you something new and I hope it makes a small positive dent in your clients’ lives.

      have a great day,

      -k

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  • Hi Dr K,

    Its very urgent. I am looking at your videos from quite a some time. I love the way you teach. I have literally gone crazy to be your protege. I wanna buy DEFL which is on sale now.

    Actually, I am from India. I wanna know if by purchasing your program is there is something that is goin to be delievered coz i believe you’ll not be able to deliver it to India. If its all online stuff, can I use my AMEX card to go for the purchase?

    Kindly get back to me at – khandelwal.shekhar@gmail.com

    Waiting for your reply before 10th Sep 10 .

    Highly Appreciated,

    Shekhar Khandelwal

  • For sure, a superb coach. For now on I’m a Dr. K fan.

    But I don’t now if I get it right: the idea of the twist is to twist the spine, while fixed foots on the floor or to twist both foots toghether, one above the other and go to a side unstable plank?
    By the video I suppose that is to twist the spine, but all the other pushups of this kind that I find on the web the twist the foot, and in the end one is above the other.

    Well, I really trust K, so for now on I’ll do the way he does it.

    Thats bodyweightcoach.com!

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