Personal trainers and fitness professionals will all claim we should leave our ego at the door as soon as we step foot into a gym. But, despite their best efforts to try and prevent the competitive nature that takes hold in gyms around the world, people will always have a small voice inside them telling them they can go a little heavier than they really are equipped to.
Which is why a particular press-up challenge recently caught our eye. In theory, it looks like a simple movement that we can all attempt with guaranteed success. But judging by the videos we’ve seen of some incredibly fit guys having a go, it’s anything but.
Dubbed ‘the impossible chest press,’ the movement – which is currently sweeping around Instagram’s fitness community – sees you needing a flat bench and a kettlebell to perform. Going back to the “leave your ego at the door” message, it’s definitely wise to start with a relatively light kettlebell so you can figure out the technique for yourself. Go too heavy, and you could get injured.
Move to one end of the flat bench and rest the closest elbow on the seat. Place the foot on your opposite side flat on the floor and bend your knee. Push up through this same foot to get your torso parallel to the ground, and lift your other leg up off the ground, in a similar fashion to a single-leg hip bridge.
Check out Luke Cook, Tim Robards and Chris Carlson attempting the impossible chest press in the video below
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