Perfect Pushup

After seeing the Perfect Pushup top Amazon sales for the Sports category and get lots of good reviews, I decided to give them a try.  Contrary to the assumption that such “as seen on TV” items are junk, these are actually quite good.   They seem sturdy, have adequate heft to them, and work as described.

The PPUs are all about the rotation.  They allow you to rotate your hands as you move up and down.  This engages more muscles and reduces strain on the wrists. Any regular pushup stand will reduce wrist strain, but the rotation decreases strain further.  I’ve done many, many pushups over the years and have the creaking wrists to show for it, so the added comfort is appreciated.   The shoulder injuries I’ve collected also appreciate the rotation.

Taking the strain off of joints and ligaments means you can concentrate on working muscle, and the PPs are good at that.  You’ll feel the effects of the rotation in your chest and back.  Judging by the extra burn and soreness, they work more muscles and make the pushup more effective.

So, if you saw the commercials and wondered if they were any good, they are.  They don’t suck.  They actually work pretty well.  I can’t attest to durability yet, but they seem like they will hold up.  They’re not all metal construction, but the ABS housing is a heavy gauge that feels solid.  I don’t feel any flex while using them.  They’re worth considering if you’re looking to add a new wrinkle to your workout.

Earning Your Empty Calories

Before you binge on that box of chocolates, you must make yourself earn it. I had a powerful junk food craving tonight, so I forced myself to do the following in order to earn those empty calories.

  • Walk four miles to Trader Joe’s with an empty backpack
  • Buy junk food and wine
  • Load up the back pack
  • Trudge the pack full of empty but heavy calories four miles home
  • Sit down, eat junk food, wash it down with cheap wine
  • Think about those eight miles I walked so that I don’t feel so guilty
  • Resolve not to eat junk food again for awhile
  • Blog about it

Before you pick up those chocolates, ask yourself what you did to earn them. Nothing, right? Okay, go for a walk and come back.

For those of you who have earned a little junk food binge this week, I’ll share this bit of information. Trader Joe’s chocolate truffles are cheap, awesome, and powerfully addictive. I both love and curse the person who introduced me to them (Hi Meeta). As you eat them, feel free to use my name as an expletive.