Changing Up Your Fitness Regimen With Hindu Squats and Hindu Pushups

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When compared to traditional squats and pushups, Hindu squats and Hindu pushups are unique variations on these well-known bodyweight exercises. Bethaks (Hindu squats) and dands (Hindu pushups) have been in common use among Indian wrestlers for several decades now. These exercises have begun to appear in the West, and my first encounter with them was in Combat Conditioning by Matt Furey. Some believe the products offered by Furey to be “over-hyped,” however, due to his experience as a former Kung Fu and wrestling champion, he has a lot of experience with strength-training and endurance.

Furey states that the bethaks and dands will help you build your strength, endurance, power and speed though I find that they are better as a single component in a standard calisthenics program. In order to get the most out of these exercises, high repetitions should be completed. I’m always up for a new challenge, particularly one like the Hindu squats and Hindu pushups that will increase your cardiovascular performance and force your muscles to work in a new and unexpected way; I wouldn’t suggest replacing your low rep weight training program with these, however, because your heavy weights are still the best way to increase your strength.

Hindu squats work much like traditional squats, focusing the work on your calves, hamstrings and quads, as well as working your lower back and hips as you improve your lung capacity during each exercise. To perform a Hindu squat, you stand with your hands pulled into your chest. You will then extend your hands toward the floor behind you as you lower down into the squat. Rise up on your toes as you near the bottom region of your squat. Then, as you extend your arms in front of you, propel your body upward at the same time. Bring your hands in toward your chest and begin a second rep.

The key to Hindu squats is that motion should be fluid. Breathing correctly is one of the hardest parts to adapt to. For example, breathing is completed opposite to what you would do in a traditional squat, and you should instead inhale as you stand up and exhale as you descend down toward the floor. One of the toughest cardiovascular workouts you’ll ever try will be to perform several Hindu squats without stopping. Matt Furey claims to have done 2,000 straight, a mere drop in the bucket compared to his mentor Karl Gotch who was able to do 9,000 such squats over 4 1/2 hours; for the rest of us, a set of 100 reps is a fair goal.

A Hindu pushup is similar to the traditional pushup but with an additional arched back motion. The arching movement helps to bring the back and hips into the exercise in addition to the involvement of the arms and shoulders. To begin performing your first Hindu pushup you need to get your body into the traditional pushup position. However, spread your legs wide and stick your butt in the air. Your arms should now be fully extended. To perform one rep, bend your elbows and lower your hips, pushing through until your arms are straight once again. You should be facing forward and your hips should be as close to the floor as possible throughout the exercise. Then, move back into the start position, while still keeping your arms straight. As with the Hindu squats, your Hindu pushups should be done in a very fluid motion.

Hindu pushups are similar to dive bomber pushups with a subtle difference. During a dive bomber pushup, you bend your arms twice – once on the way down and once on the way back up. Dive bomber pushups give more of a workout to the arms, however they reduce the benefits that the Hindu pushups give to the back and shoulder regions.

If you want to raise your endurance levels and increase your cardiovascular health, then Hindu squats and Hindu pushups can really help; if, on the other hand, you want to tighten your muscles or increase your max lifts, then you probably need to try something else. After you get over the strangeness of doing these traditional exercises in such an unique and different way, you will be able to get the rhythm down pat and increase your speed in order to get an even better cardio workout. A regimen of Hindu squats and Hindu pushups will definitely help fortify your stamina and flexibility.

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About me: Dave provides no-nonsense “best of the best” dieting and exercise ideas to lose weight as well as build toned, defined muscle with out spending too much time in the work out center. There is no point in using a bodybuilder program to secure a fitness model appearance. These are Not Your Average Fitness Tips. Read more about fitness tips and get a low fat, athletic look in no time.

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About me: Dave provides no-nonsense “best of the best” dieting and exercise ideas to lose weight as well as build toned, defined muscle with out spending too much time in the work out center. There is no point in using a bodybuilder program to secure a fitness model appearance. These are Not Your Average Fitness Tips. Read more about fitness tips and get a low fat, athletic look in no time.












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