I started doing push-ups after I turned 50. At that time, my arms were sad to look at: weak, without any definition, and definitely showing signs of batwings (you know exactly what I’m talking about.).

Thinking I’d need to take drastic steps to whip them back into shape, I was ready to pull the proverbial blanket over my head and go back to doing what I was doing: nothing.

Until I took action . . . one small step at a time. 

Shortly after hitting 50, I embarked on a fitness program that I like to call my “do anywhere/anytime exercise plan” because it’s true: all you need is a rug, towel or yoga mat, running or walking sneakers, comfortable clothes, and you’re pretty much ready to rock and roll.

Push-ups, the gold standard of upper body exercises, became a regular activity in my life. In fact, I turned it into a daily habit, sometimes getting down and ‘doing 20’ several times a day. But eight years later, I’m getting a little bored and wanted to try to shake things up a bit, and maybe work my arms a little harder (even though I also do the Plank several times a day, which gives arms and your whole body a pretty intense zen-like workout).

So, I started doing my push-ups a little differently: instead of going up and down quickly, I sloooooooowwwwwed things down considerably, even holding the “down position” for a count of 8 to 10 seconds, which is REALLY HARD!

But, it works! My arms are more toned and a lot stronger since I started doing push-ups the Slo-Mo way.

Here’s a short video to get you started. Follow along with me and slo-mo your way to sexy, summer-ready arms!

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