The Hindu Push-up

by Adam benShea on January 30, 2010

The Great Gama

One of the best exercises you can do in a home workout is the Hindu Push-up (also called dand).  The Hindu Push-up has become extremely popular because of the books and videos from Matt Furey (who was influenced by the late shootwrestler and Olympian Karl Gotch).  The push-up received its name from the Hindu/Indian wrestlers (although a good number of these wrestlers, like the Great Gama, were actually Muslim) who completed hundreds (in some cases thousands!) of these on a daily basis.   At the first attempt of this exercise, it may be difficult to complete a lot of repetitions.  Instead focus on form.  Notice in the below video that Steve Maxwell does an excellent job of keeping good form with his elbows in (to avoid potential joint problems).  In addition, Steve Maxwell completes the movement, rather than returning through a reverse movement (which would be a dive bomber pushup).  If you are in decent/good shape try a simple pyramid routine, with 45-60 second rest in between sets.  You can “get after it” a little by doing sets of abdominal exercises (i.e. crunches, flutter kicks, etc.) between sets.  If this pyramid is too difficult, you can reduce the repetitions and focus on form.  There is no shame in doing this exercise for sets of 1 or 2 when you start out.

1 x 2, 1 x 4, 1 x 6, 1 x8, 1 x10, 1 x  8, 1 x 6, 1 x 4, 1 x 2

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