- Clean the sandbag off the ground
- place the sandbag on one shoulder while doing some twerking and holding the bag to the neck.
- squat down and let the sandbag slide down the back a bit.
- get into the push-up position at the bottom of the squat
|Clearly, should have let this one slide farther down my back|
On either of these push-ups I just demonstrated, getting rid of the weight is as easy as dropping one shoulder and letting it slide off.
Since I brought up a key point of doing a push-up right, Another virtue of slinging some weight on the back and pushing some extra bodyweight off the ground is that it also can help clean up bad push-up form. Rather than take the word of some wing-nut blogger on the internet, here's a guy who actually, successfully, trains people for a living on how to do one right:
See that around 7:26? I'm kind of re-enacting the same thing with 135 lbs of sand instead of 135 lbs of super-cool, kick-ass woman. It's not particularly feasible to do these sandbag push-ups with bad form. Something will give out too soon. So, I've found that I either have to do them right, or they just won't get done.
Life is already too full of compromises and dogmatic adherence to traditions for no good reason. There is no excuse for the bench presses hegemonic domination of chest training. There's no reason why a push-up have to sit in the neglected strength-endurance-conditioning bin of tools, collecting figurative dust. So, grab a sandbag and get your fear and respect in one move.