The day I decided to do the Superman push-up
So I was reading an article a few weeks back about push-ups you can do to put mass on your chest. One of the exercises was a Superman push-up. I was fascinated when I saw this unique style of training that could potentially put the mass I wanted on my chest. Well, let’s just say, reading that article was the last time I thought about the Superman push-up until the day of my photoshoot. My photographer asked if there was anything else I would like to get shots of, the Superman push-up appeared in my mind and I blurted it out before I could really think about it.
The thing was, I’ve never done that kind of push-up before. Like never even attempted to do it either. But at that moment I felt like I could not only attempt such a push-up but that I could actually pull it off.
So I got down in the plank position with the photographer, my two daughters and my wife watching me and I hear my wife say, “What if you smash your face?” At that point I felt confident I could pull this move off. So I laughed at what she said and replied, “I only have to get a good picture in the air, if I smash my face on the landing that’s fine because that won’t be in the picture.” My wife’s comment made me more determined that I was going to do it. Being in the plank position now I’m focused, it’s like flipping a switch, going from chill and relaxed to in the zone. I start to lower myself down and then explode up into the air stretching fully out as if I could fly like Superman then quickly pull my arms back into place to land.
I can’t begin to tell you the excitement I felt when I pulled it off. I felt so good inside and my wife and oldest daughter were equally as amazed. Then the photographer asked if I could do it again because she missed it; instant pitt in my stomach, “What do you mean do it again, I thought to myself, that was amazing and I’m not sure I can do it again.” But, I got back in that plank position, concentrated and focused on what I was about to attempt and did it again. I was amazed with how easy it felt, at this point I’m feeling very confident and that was good because the photographer asked me to do it again. In all I did the Superman push-up 11 times and on that 11th Superman my photographer was able to get the shot she wanted. That day ended with me being on cloud nine. At the age of forty I flew off the ground as if I was light as a feather and landed without smashing my face.