The Memorial Day Push Up Workout From Hell (Mad Monday)

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
May 27, 2013

So its Memorial Day in the United States and before we get into our workout I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and respect for all of those individuals that have given their lives for this country.

My prayers go to your family members that have suffered great loss.

As an SOA community, I thought that there would be no better way of commemoration than to give everything we have in one of the HARDEST, ball-buster chest and tricep workouts we have ever done.

In this Mad Monday workout I pull out all the stops. It is absolutely a killer and I guarantee that you will be tremendously sore from it.

Inspiration For This Workout: 

Many of you know that I have a regular 9-5 job working as a program director of the Closed Head and Spinal Cord Injury division of a home health care agency.

A few days ago I realized that I needed to stretch out my legs so I walked around and went to the rest room. After doing my business I still felt like my legs were tight so I decided to do some squats.

I did a bunch of them in a row until I felt fatigued and then I decided to hold an isometric squat until my legs gave out. It was brutal and I thought to myself, “Whoa! This is a great principle for working out… Pre-fatigue mixed with isometrics!”

With this inspiration in mind I decided to try it out on my legs later that night. I did 25 hind squats and then immediately did a 10 second isometric low squat with a 5 second count on the way back up. I did 5 total reps of these then rested 1 minute (1 set). Over the course of the leg workout I did 10 total sets and I think they were even more difficult than Bodyweight Overload’s leg workout.

The next day I was feeling pain like I just ripped into my legs with a knife. And the best part about it was that I didn’t need weights!

Knee Health Score 1

Another cool thing about it is that this is a principle so it will work with any body part. Today’s Memorial Day Push Up Workout From Hell incorporates this principle.

Have fun with it!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!


Show/Hide Comments (5 comments)
  1. espinho

    Todd, you rock brother! Great idea putting the 2 principles (pre-fatigue and isometrics) together. Plus watching you do the workout real-time was a bonus. Keep up the good work my man! God bless!

    • Todd Kuslikis

      Thanks Espinho! I appreciate it. God bless back! 🙂

  2. Gerard Herrera

    great workout! you can make it even harder by doing Isometric pressing with palms at
    chest level between sets.
    I am also a fan of Matt Furey,Al Kavadlo and Combat Conditioning coach Paul Wade.

    • Todd Kuslikis

      HI Gerard,

      Yes, great addition. That definitely will take it to the next level.

      • Shawn Shaffer

        Is that a livestrong band? Totally cool. I have mine and wear it proudly. Awesome workout, Todd.

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