Friday, August 19, 2011

Truck and Car Pushing

Conditioning Secrets Finally Revealed

Back in the late 90’s there was a T.V. show called “Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed”.

A masked magician would expose the methods behind large scale magic tricks and illusions by explaining how they were done and showing you how they were performed.

His reason for doing this was because he was tired of seeing magician after magician perform the same tricks and illusions over and over again.

By exposing these secrets it would force magicians to come up with new tricks and illusions to entertain us.

Today I’m going to uncover a conditioning exercise that needs to be exposed and updated.

And that lowly exercise is truck and car pushing.

For years I have read articles and have watched videos from coaches, trainers, athletes, MMA fighters on pushing vehicles for conditioning.

If you go to YouTube you’ll find a large amount of videos on car or truck pushing.

For years I have watched and waited for someone else besides myself to come up with a new way to push a vehicle for conditioning.

But sadly it’s been the same way year in and year out, video to video.

Put your arms about shoulder width apart on the back of a vehicle, feet spread about shoulder width and start pushing forward for distance or time.

Then get in front of the hood and push it back, while this works well for conditioning, man is this ever boring!

If you had a barbell and all you ever did was bench press or squat with it, you’d get pretty bored very quickly.

Recently to my excitement I found one, one person who has come up with a new way to push a vehicle.

Getting into a push up position this person put his feet on the back bumper of his truck and pushed the truck with his hands on the ground.

That was awesome, but unfortunately after 35 plus years all I have found are two ways to push a vehicle.

Come on people where is the creativity or out side the box thinking when it comes to pushing a car or truck.

Did you know that one of the favorite exercises of the ancient Greeks was pushing large columns and round boulders on soft sand.

They learned this by watching how their slaves developed strong bodies by moving these types of objects on their properties.

And since slaves were forbidden to train at the local gymnasiums in the city, they reasoned that this was a great way to develop the body.

So to all you experts, trainers and coaches out there, I challenge you to come up with new exercises for pushing a vehicle.

If you can come up with variations for bodyweight exercises, sand bags, kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, clubbells, medicine balls, suspension trainers etc…

Then way can’t you come up with a single variation when it comes to pushing a vehicle for conditioning?

In my next article I will get your mental juices flowing by teaching you five new exercises with variations to get you started.

So now that I have exposed this conditioning exercise, it’s your turn to create the magic!

Until next time, train safely and creatively.

Daniel Sambrano


  1. So did you ask a bunch of "experts, trainers and coaches" if the could come up with any variations? Or did you just go and conclude that they can't come up with a single variation?

    I have no idea what you're after. It's pretty easy to come up with variations. Easy for anyone.

    Push with one hand, push with one leg, push on different terrains, push uphill, push max load, push as light a load as possible and work up to max speed, do a pushing motion with your hands as you push with your legs as opposed to keeping your hands straight, grab the corner of your car and move laterally, use different hand positions, push from fighting stance, push from the bottom position of a squat/split squat, push with your back to the car and finally tie a rope to the vehicle and do a myriad of pulling exercises.

    Wasn't hard for me and I bet coming up with these wouldn't be hard for anyone in the fitness industry.


  2. As a CPT and Human Movement MS in progress, I can point out that muscular contractile activity is at it's peak when one limb stabilizes while another generates force, unilaterally and translaterally. That right there is a starting point for ways to manipulate the variables of the vehicle push/pull.

    Last winter I discovered a variant method- my 2-wheel drive truck got stuck on a large ice patch in the driveway, and no pushing it from the front or back was possible. An old-timer friend told me to have my wife spin the tires while I "shoved it" from the back and front quarter panels. I slammed into the truck with a low shoulder check about a dozen times and did indeed move it sideways across the ice a surprising amount, but paid for it in soreness for a few days. Kind of fun, but I still prefer a big-ass tire to move around.

  3. Sounds like isometrics.

    Put that truck in park and push till you are blue in the face.

    One handed in various ranges. Two handed in various ranges. Pulling. Lifting.

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  5. exposing what should be obvious. I like it!