Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bounce Pass Exercise: Heart Push-ups

 Heart push-ups are named this for two reasons: (1) your fingers make the shape of a heart, (2) your hands are placed below your heart on the floor.

1. While doing these push-ups, the only contact points with the floor are your toes and hands. Keep your back straight and bring your chest to your hands.
2. Form is far more important than the number of repetitions.
3. If this push-up is too difficult, you can put your hands further from each other as demonstrated in the video. The farther your hands are separated, the easier it is to do the push-up. You could also do your push-ups from your knees instead of your toes.

Since the bounce pass involves the flexion and extension of the arms at the elbows, push-up are a great exercise to do. The closer your hands are to each other, the more you are working the triceps. I recommend trying to keep your hands as close as possible to simulate the closeness while holding a basketball and to gain maximum results. You would also want more strength in your triceps to have the ability for a quick, explosive pass before defenders can guard against it.

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