I’ll be blunt. I don’t get these 15-Minute Burpee Challenges.
Nor do I understand these 30-minute Tabata workouts. No one on Earth can do a TRUE Tabata for 30 minutes. I don’t even think an alien could do it.
And don’t get me started on the silly “Who Can Do the Highest Box Jump?” contests.
Look, these challenges and workouts might work for men and women in their 20’s, but what about the rest of us?
I don’t know how much I bench. It’s irrelevant. It doesn’t matter to me, nor should it matter to you.
That’s why I’m sharing these 3 exercise substitutions to become a Ninja. You don’t have to destroy your joints if you want to look and feel better… cool?
And by the way, when you use these subs, you’ll become a certified exercise substitution Ninja, which means basically nothing – but it sounds so cool…
Exercise Substitution #1 – Box/Bench Jumps for Jump Squats
By jumping onto something that is elevated, you minimize the impact. The trick is to land VERY softly and with your knees bent. Then, make sure you STEP off and not jump off the bench. Do these whenever a Jump Squat is on your program.
Note – if you prefer Jump Squats and you have great knees, you can certainly stick with them. Just don’t do 400 of them lolzzzz.
Exercise Substitution #2 – DB Chest Press for Bench Press
You’ll put less strain on your shoulders, that’s why. Be sure to slightly “tuck” your elbows in when you do them, too. That means keep them closer to your side then you would a standard bench press.
Exercise Substitution #3 – Neutral Grip Shoulder Press for Regular Shoulder Presses
This is a simple fix – when doing a DB Shoulder Press, simply keep your hands facing each other instead of facing out to the front. This “evenly” distributes the weight over the shoulder.
Start using these subs with your exercise this week, cool?
And by the way, I have 3 more exercise swaps to make your life easier, too. It’s on the bloggity blog in case you missed it…
Mikey Whitfield, Master CTT
PS – Remember this powerful quote as you dive into this week….
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
– Steve Jobs