Press-ups using the magic circle

Doing the Contrology/ Joe’s Push Up is a tough exercise for most. The full narrow press up within this exercise often provides the biggest challenge. The Magic Circle can be great for improving your shoulder organisation and all-round strength.

You can also use the Magic Circle to help with your Press-Ups; you need to position the circle on your sternum/chest bone, which can be tender or uncomfortable for some. Still using your own strength and mindful of alignment move into a High Full Plank position, as you bend your arms the Magic Circle will contort and then as you push your arms straight and back up to the High Plank Position (the part we can find the hardest) the Magic Circle aids your return. This can be wonderful for building strength and confidence with this full version of a narrow press up.

As Joe said, “A few well -designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence are worth hours of doing sloppy callisthenics or forced contortion.”

About the Author
Sarah & Philip Harris founded Harris Mind & Body in 2006 to provide Physiotherapy & Pilates across West Berkshire. They are a team which specialises in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy, with specific interests in chronic back pain, sports injuries and neurological rehabilitation as well as offering Pilates, to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to wellness & health!