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Video of Push-Up Technique along with Jack’s Commentary

Based on the number of comments and great interest readers have expressed in my push-up routine, I have created this video in which the proper technique is demonstrated. During the demonstration, I provide commentary around the technique and it’s benefits.

Jerry Martin, winner of the Feb. 2010 NASF-sponsored President’s Day Festival, is the demonstrator. Just for the record, Jerry completes 110 push-ups in this video. Click here to view video of Jerry’s posing routine from that contest in which he won Best Poser. Jerry has trained at my gym since 2000. He added push-ups to his training regimen in the months leading up to the NASF competition and the gains really paid off.

There is a certain mentality, which I speak of in the video, that must prevail in taking up a hardcore push-up routine. Once the routine becomes standard and the results begin to show, no one will have to beg to you incorporate push-ups into your training routine. You’ll love what you see and this will motivate you over time.

Keep training hard,


49 Responses to “Video of Push-Up Technique along with Jack’s Commentary”

  1. Mr. King,

    Thanks for posting the clip! I thought I was doing Push-ups the way you were doing them, but see that my range of motion was greater. I will try them as shown in the clip during my next workout.
    I am confused about sets and reps. You stated, “When you get to a number of reps that you can keep up continuously for 4-5 sets without failure, then you decide right then that you won’t do any less on any set from that point on.” You also said you got to the point of doing 100 or more reps in a set. But after you were capable of performing 100 or more reps per set did you:

    – always do more than 100 reps per set or were there times when you did fewer reps per set, but more sets in a workout to reach your rep goal for that workout?

    – did you ever cycle your workouts or was it always pedal to the metal?

    – what did you do when it was a scheduled workout day, but you knew you were not recovered from the last workout?

    – you had one hard (higher rep day) and one easier lower rep (if you can call 800 reps easy or low reps :)) day per week. How did you lower the reps? Did you perform fewer reps per set, less sets, or both?

    – why didn’t you perform two workouts of 1500 reps?

    Thanks again for posting the clip. It was really helpful.

  2. Mr.King,
    Is ann honor to read and learn your gold advice you are man of truth and integretiy,thank God for the internet that you have a forum,Mr.King i will add this push up routine to the end of each of my workouts today i will do my first one a couple of questions:
    can i do these push ups with my knuckles?
    do you think parell bar dips are more effective than push-ups?
    the interview that milo did with you do it has in detail the exact routine you did?
    also looks to me push ups,chin ups and pull-ups you did were done partial insted of fullrange?i guess is to keep the tension the whole time since what we are doing is bodybuilding?thanks,Mr.King for preserving drug free techiniques that really work.sincerly,
    pierre farine

  3. Mr. King,

    I thought of one other question. When adding reps to your Push-ups did you always add as many reps as you could to each set?

    Thanks again for this blog. I have learned a lot from it.

  4. Mr. King,

    I found your blog through John Peterson’s Transformetrics.com website; someone posted a link to this Youtube video in his forum.

    My question regards the credibility of Mr. Peterson. Mr. Peterson states that you and him are friends, however in one of your previous posts Billy commented about Mr. Peterson, you, and the truth about pushups. You said, “There is so much information out there that it can be confusing to know fact from fiction.” Is Mr. Peterson lying about you two being friends? Thank you.

  5. Mr King, in your blog I noticed that you recommend using apparatus over bodyweight exercises when equipment is available. John Peterson who says that you are writing a book together is always knocking the use of weights and has coined the phrase “Busted up weightlifters”. If you are writing a book on pushups together will you still be reccommending apparatus, when available, over bodyweight exercise?

  6. Great blog Mr. King. Thank you.

    Is it true that you are co-authoring a push up book? When will it be published.

  7. Mr King – do you know yet when the push up book will be available for purchase?

  8. Mr. King – I was wondering about the pushup book you are co-authoring with John Peterson. Peterson said you and he were great friends and have been collaboriting on this project for many months. When will it be published?

  9. Up until a few weeks ago, Peterson’s entire forum was nothing more than one big infomercial for DO IT! Every other thread was “Jack King & I, this…”, and “Jack King & I, that…”. Every thread contained questions JP had “received in e-mails” which just happened to coincide with every point he might want to make about DO IT! Responses to these “questions” inevitably resulted in “Jack King & I were discussing this very thing just the other night”, and “This question is covered fully on page 32 of DO IT!” All of a sudden there hasn’t been a whisper about Jack King or DO IT! in about a month – no “questions”, no nothing. So, what’s the real story behind this “collaboration”?

  10. Mr. King:

    I have heard a lot about the book you plan co-authoring with Mr. Peterson. Can you tell us when it will be released?

  11. Hi Jack-

    John Peterson has stated that he is writing a push up book with you. Is that true? If so, when to you epect to have it ready for sale?

  12. Jack:
    Can you tell us when the long awaited push up book will be available?

  13. Mr King:
    Any news about the push up book?

  14. Mr King:
    Why would you, being a gym owner, lend your name to a book by John Peterson? Peterson is a self centered nut job that bashes weightlifting on his internet forum and bans anyone that disagrees with him. I don’t know why you would tarnish your reputation by co-authoring a book with him.

  15. Hey Jack, the pushup book you are writing with Peterson will really have the troglodytes and wile e coyotes gnashing their teeth, pulling their hair out, turning green with envy, pink with jealousy, and wearing out their psychiatrist’s couches.

  16. What’s going on at Transformetrics?? I asked when DO IT! will be available, and my questioin was never posted and I got banned! I don’t see any new threads about DO IT. All I see are a bunch of whack job religious posts with Peterson claiming to be a prophet of god.

  17. Ironfan wrote:

    “I asked when DO IT! will be available, and my questioin was never posted and I got banned!”

    That was your mistake, Ironfan, you dared question God’s prophet on earth!


    ” If the Apostle Paul needed to be fearlessly fit, and constantly in training for the rigors of the world he was facing…so do you! So do it. If you’re here and you have our training materials you have no excuse.”

    “P.S. If anyone wonders if Peterson has an inside track on this stuff, what would you think if I told you I did? Because I DO!”

    – John E. Peterson

  18. Dear Jack,
    Self proclaimed renowned strength and fitness coach, John Peterson, with whom you co-authored a book, is on record as stating that weight training is not only nonfunctional, it is disfunctional.
    As a gym owner and weight trainer, what is your opinion of your co-author’s statements?

  19. I saw that, “Internationally renown strength and fitness coach” blurb on Peterson’s website. Who bestowed this grand title on him? Exactly how world renown is he? Who has he coached? Known athletes? Sports teams?

  20. What is this I hear about a pushup book you are writing with John Peterson?

  21. Hey this pushup book sounds interesting!

  22. Mr King any thoughts as to when the push up book will be completed. I want to get it to the printers as soon as possible.

  23. So what about this pushup book?

  24. Hey Jack. Why don’t you answer the question? Is it because I’m of the African-American persuasion?

  25. I need a new gimmick. Stat!

  26. Mr King, let me know if you want to include a chapter on Nerve Force and proper push-up form.

  27. Could the push up book be delayed because Mr. Peterson is busy writing “Smoke & Mirrors of the Marathon” which documented his training for the 2010 Twin Cities Marathon?
    He bragged he could easily run in it 3:30.

  28. Well how about it mate? Any date yet set for the JP and JK PushUp book?????? I positively slather with anticipation.

  29. The truth be known… Peterson never ran the Twin Cities Marathon. He didn’t even register for it.

    Another one of his big brags that were really a lie.

  30. Hot Dog!! Peterson says – or rather – one of his lackeys says the pushup book you and he co-authored will be available soon…very, very soon! Very, very, very soon. So soon we won’t believe how soon it comes out.

    • According to Greg Newton there will be more than one book. He said “it has bee editted into a series”. I just hope he’s not the editor, ha ha.

  31. I’m editting the pushup book, and as soon as I find out one little thing, we’re goood to go. Jack, do you spell yore last name with one “C” or two?

    • By the way – in case you didnt know, I’m kind of a big deal. Not as big as Johnn – thats what he says – but a perfectly built 50 year old man, and the pride of public education in South Carolina. So if you can get me the information about how to spel yore last name ASAP, we can get this ball rolling, Cochise.

  32. LOL!

  33. As a former Transformetrics afficionado, now a born again weight lifter, I can’t weight(sp) for some new info on how to do sprint push ups. I await your wisdom on this topic. I am also a Kin-shee-high- dough expert having received channeled instruction from the Shenmeister himself with the help of synthetic mescaline and Copenhagen Snuss. delightfull

  34. That over-age frat boy, Bruce Tackett is the ring leader. I guess his fitness equipment “empire” has never taken off and he can’t stand anyone doing anything for themselves while he sits back keystroking the computer, giggling as he drinks beer and fantasizing about his “golden years” of training.

    I am being open about this, because I know how much he and his handful of scab cronies read this forum. If they didn’t read here, they wouldn’t have anything to sit back and yah yah about. They certainly don’t waste any time training. It is pathetic.

    Did I ever tell you when i walked down the sidewalk in front of a 24 hour fitness other day in street clothes, inside the gym heads were turning (actually jerking) around as I passed? One lady almost fell off the eliptical rider she was on.

    Good luck with the kook.

    Greg Newtard

  35. Mr. King, in no way am I connected with the individuals who have posted questions here.

    I am genuinely interested in the pushup book, which I think now may be a BWE bodybuilding book for all major muscle groups. Just curious when the book will be out.

    If you could please respond at my e-mail address, I would appreciate it .


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