PUSH IT REAL GOOD

 

A full body strength + mobility program to help you master push-ups without hurty wrists n’ shoulders, or face-planting into the floor

Do you feel like…

Push-ups are impossible and you struggle to do a single rep?

No matter how often you practice push-ups and planks, they still bother your wrists, shoulders, or lower back?

You’re ready to get strong and maa-aaaybe even try lifting weights, but you don’t know where to start and are afraid you might get hurt?

Or…

Are you a fitness professional, Pilates instructor, or yoga teacher who wants more tools to help your clients move better, build strength, and master push-ups with less pain and injury?

If so, I’ve been there too and I’ve got your back…and wrists!

I partnered with strength coach Meghan Ramos to create PUSH IT REAL GOOD, a simple mobility + strength program to help you master push-ups and get started strength training.

If you’re over ouchy wrists n’ shoulders or splatting on the floor while everyone around you effortlessly knocks out push-ups like an Instagram fitness model grab PUSH IT REAL GOOD today!

Join PUSH IT REAL GOOD for $99*

*sales tax applicable for WA residents

Presales end January 31, 2019.

The story behind PUSH IT REAL GOOD

In my twenties, I push(up)ed my way into chronic wrist and shoulder pain after becoming obsessed with and eventually teaching a workout that involved 5 straight minutes of planks and push-ups, while using hot yoga (think LOTS of Down Dogs + Chaturangas) as my “recovery.”

A year later, my arms looked great and I had the strength to easily knock out 20 push-ups on my toes. However, my wrists and shoulders were a mess. I couldn’t grip a dumbbell without searing nerve pain up my arms, or type an email without my fingers going numb. Even holding the steering wheel when driving hurt.

And as far as practicing push-ups went? Forget it. It hurt just to think about putting weight on my wrists. What was once my favorite workout, became a source of frustration, fear, and pain.

Disillusioned and debilitated, I started to question why I and so many of my clients and colleagues struggled to master push-ups and experienced pain and discomfort while practicing exercises that required being on our hands.

I realized that there had to be a better way and spent the next 5 years seeking education + answers from physical therapists, movement experts, and researchers.

What I learned?

Just because a workout is hard, it doesn’t mean it’s supposed to hurt.

While pain and discomfort isn’t a crisis, it is a sign that some key elements might be missing from your workout and you should pay attention.

In the case of hurty wrists and shoulders during planks and push-ups, the problem often comes down to a simple concept. You aren’t prepared to take on that challenge…yet.

Your body adapts to the movements that you most commonly practice over your lifetime. If you live in the modern world, then you’re probably best trained to sit in a chair, type at a computer, and send a text message.

What you’re not well trained for? Push-ups.

You need three things to do a good push-up, plank, or any exercise that requires putting weight on your hands:

  • Wrist mobility: the ability to move your wrists in their full range of motion
  • Shoulder stability: the ability to control where your arms go when you do hard exercises
  • Upper AND lower body strength: In the case of push-ups this equals the ability to push half of your bodyweight or more! (and you read that right…lower body strength is important for push-ups too!)

Unless you’re in the circus, you probably haven’t spent a lot of time putting your weight on your wrists, or moving them in their full range of motion.

You also probably haven’t devoted much time to training your posture muscles (seriously, when’s the last time you got hot and heavy with your rotator cuff?!) to support your arms when you move.

Aaaa-aaaand if you’re a woman, there’s a good chance you haven’t been encouraged or had the opportunity to build the strength to push half of your body weight with your arms.

The end result are wrists and shoulders that aren’t prepared to support your weight during a push-up + muscles that lack the strength to physically push you off the ground, which is why push-ups feels ouchy and hard when you do them!

This is why simply “doing more push-ups” doesn’t work. It fails to address the underlying reasons for why push-ups are so dang hard!

The good news? There’s nothing wrong with you. You just need to train your body to be better prepared for push-ups.

The even better news? Training this way doesn’t just improve your push-ups. It also improves your overall strength + fitness.

PUSH IT REAL GOOD will give you the tools to build the mobility AND strength to rock push-ups and build full body strength – even if you’ve never picked up a dumbbell before.

Ready to build MORE strength with LESS hurt? Sign up for PUSH IT REAL GOOD today!

Join PUSH IT REAL GOOD for $99*

*sales tax applicable for WA residents

Presales end January 31, 2019.

What’s included when you buy?

  • The PUSH IT REAL GOOD digital book, which explains in simple language how your joints are supposed to move and the components of an awesome push-up. It also includes self assessments and corrective exercise routines to troubleshoot hurty joints + improve mobility and posture (like an informal biomechanics textbook that gives you practical tools and information to take care of your body, and is actually FUN to read.)
  • A 12 week foundational FULL BODY strength training program that I created with super smart strength coach Meg Ramos using equipment found in any gym to help you rock push-ups and level up your fitness, with modifications and variations to meet you where you’re at.
  • Stability and mobility routines that you can do at home to reduce stiffness and help your wrists, shoulders, spine, and hips move better (think choose your own adventure. Follow the basic program or customize it with these routines!)
  • A video library with tutorials for all of the concepts and exercises covered in the book and program (aka your getting started in the weight room survival guide) 😉
  • Unlimited access to the program. Once you buy it, it’s yours forever!

Gotta Question? Find the answer here.

The strength and conditioning component of this program will require resistance bands, dumbbells, a suspension trainer (e.g. a TRX), and/or a pull up bar.

For many of the exercises, you have the option of using dumbbells, a band, OR a suspension trainer, so depending on what equipment you have on hand + would like to invest in, it’s possible that you could do the program at home.

However, all of this equipment is easily found in most commercial gyms. The mobility and stability routines require little to no equipment and could easily be done at home.

YES! Many of my clients have come to me interested in mastering push ups and wanting to start a strength training program with little to no experience + a history of injuries AND have successfully mastered push ups and built strength.

If the above description sounds like you, I created this program with you in mind!

I don’t have a crystal ball, so I can’t make any promises. However, I’ve seen the stability and mobility exercises in this program help many of my strong and fit clients improve how they move + feel.

In fact, many people have told me that doing this type of work made their workouts better, because they had so much more flexibility and ease of movement.

Additionally, just because the strength and conditioning portion of the program is simple, doesn’t mean it’s “easy.” If you’re already strong or experienced, you can use a heavier weights to challenge yourself.

The short answer is no. I’m a lot of things, but I’m not a physical therapist and I can’t fix you.

PUSH IT REAL GOOD is for you, if:

  • You’ve been cleared to exercise by your doctor or physical therapist and you’re looking for a transition back to regular exercise after rehabilitation from an injury.
  • You have general tension/stiffness and you want to improve alignment, stability and mobility, or reduce your risk of injury or re-injury.
  • You’re looking for a simple, yet comprehensive way to build strength and improve the way you move and feel

PUSH IT REAL GOOD is not for you, if:

  • You have ongoing, undiagnosed and untreated pain.
  • You suspect you have an underlying trauma or injury, but have not consulted a medical professional about it.
  • You have not been cleared to exercise by your doctor or physical therapist.

Please note that if you have any questions or concerns about starting a new fitness program or you have ongoing pain, it is recommended that you consult a medical professional.

Only you will know the answer to this. However, this program is what I would call the minimal time commitment to see measurable results. Ideally, you will perform the strength workout 2 to 3 times a week. Each workout will take 45 minutes to an hour including the warm up.

If you are practicing the optional mobility routines, they will each take about 20 minutes and can be done in conjunction with the strength program or on rest days. Whatever fits best in your schedule!

Fat loss typically requires changing your approach to nutrition. With this in mind, PUSH IT REAL GOOD is not a weight loss program and does not offer detailed nutrition advice.

Additionally, it would take more than 12 weeks to put on large amounts of muscle and the program is designed for strength, not muscle building, so you are probably not going to look like a bronze statue by following the program.

That being said, strength training has been found to promote changes in body composition and improve muscle mass and tone, which could contribute to having more muscle definition and the ability to burn more calories in a day.

That depends on how you define “toned” or “bulky.” Not gonna lie, strength training (especially if you’re new to it) will lead to a gradual increase in muscle mass over time, so it is possible that you might notice you have more visible muscle after completing the program.

However, PUSH IT REAL GOOD is designed for strength, not hypertrophy (a type of training for increasing muscle mass), so it’s unlikely that you would see a dramatic increase in muscle mass.

Nope! I know not everyone likes reading, which is why I designed PUSH IT REAL GOOD to be choose your own adventure.

If you love understanding how and why things work, the book is there for you to enjoy and learn from. However, if you just want to follow the program, you’ll still get great results. No heavy reading (just lifting) required 😉

The PUSH IT REAL GOOD strength training program is designed to work your ENTIRE body, NOT just your arms. This means that in every workout, you will do a mix of upper and lower body exercises.

Training this way will not only help you master push-ups, but will also improve your strength and overall fitness. #winwin

About your coaches:

Hey there! I’m Nikki Naab-Levy.

I’m a Pilates teacher, certified functional strength coach, and fitness educator with over a decade of experience helping people build strength, improve mobility, and overcome injury.

I’ve got a degree in exercise science, more professional certifications than I can count, and I’ve been featured in The Seattle Times, Girls Gone Strong and Men’s Fitness.

I adore an oversized cup of coffee, all things 80’s (high tops, bodysuits, GLOW!) and I sometimes wonder if I started teaching fitness, because it gave me an excuse to live in yoga pants.

Hi! I’m Meg Ramos.

I’m a strength, resilience, and healthy movement advocate who helps people tap into their inner superhero. I love working with anyone who’s intimidated by the gym, wants to get started but feels lost in the fitness world, or just needs some support to make a healthy habit stick for good.

As a Precision Nutrition Certified Coach, my philosophy is that you should eat to enjoy your life and to support your training. Food is delicious and doesn’t have to be the enemy. I’m passionate about teaching people to feel satisfied by what they eat, fuel their activity to become stronger and faster, and be finished once and for all with the endless cycle of guilt and restriction.

When I’m not in the gym, you can find me hiking, prowling farmer’s markets for new foods to try, trying and usually failing at crafts, and hanging out with my husband and our cat.

Ready to get strong? Sign up for PUSH IT REAL GOOD TODAY!

Join PUSH IT REAL GOOD for $99*

*sales tax applicable for WA residents

Presales end January 31, 2019.

Refund policy: For paid registrations in a Course, users have up to 30 days from the date of receiving the Course to request a refund. Qualified refund requests may take up to 30 days to process. To request a refund, please email at nikki@naablevy.com and provide the following: name; email address used to purchase; reason for requesting refund.