This afternoon, after a workout in the hot sun I was walking back home and saw some fast bowlers BOWLING - if you know even a thing about cricket, or if you can Google it - then you know thats a far tougher thing to do physically and in many ways "bend your back skill wise" than the fancier "batting skill" so often talked about.
Some of these guys probably couldn't do 500 pushup workouts, but they were fit in that they could do pushups - and damn, they were doing a damn fine job of doing what they were!
It brought to mind an even more elementary question with an even more elementary answer that I wrote about in the last email to you.
Will doing pushups - or pull-ups - improve my PERFORMANCE in my chosen sport?
Short answer, yes, maybe. Long answer - yes, maybe.
Bottom line is this -you can be a fitness phenom, but to get good, real good at anything, you DO the thing - and that thing the majority of the time!
Pushups and pull-ups are part of cricket training along with rope jumping, stretching, but they hardly make up the majority of a cricketer's routine - thats net practice!
Lets take one of my favorite batters and Aussie legend Matthew Hayden for instance, "Big Matt the Bat" - who is not only an accomplished batting legend - but a successful triathelete who along with his no longer mate Symonds swam back in shark infested waters in Australia - about a mile or so- after their fishing boat capsized.
And a damn good boxer too most likely.
"He's an obnoxious little weed" he once had to say about Indian bowler Ishant Sharma during the 2001 India - Aus series "down under".
I dont know if thats because Ishant got the best of him there - or the chirping. Bit of both I think!
Anyway .... lets take Iron Mike - the pinnacle of boxing basically at his time (much more so than Hayden at his chosen sport).
Put Hayden in with Iron Mike, and all the fitness, strength and the pushups and huge massive chest Matty has wouldn't make a damn bit of difference.
Put Iron Mike into the batting/bowling arena - same thing.
You DO the thing you want to get good at.
Yet, fitness - real fitness means the PHYSICAL TOOLS you have at your disposal to get the job done get enhanced greatly with the right dose of fitness!
So yes, it will HELP you get better ...
But it wont replace DOING the thing, putting in the hard yards at doing that thing.
A very simple concept, but one most people find hard to grasp ...
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P.S. - I put out a great little tutorial today on one of the least understood aspects of the mghty tiger bend pushup (along with that, the tiger version of the animal movement as described in Animal Kingdom Workouts) - enjoy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA7-sqd5ioQ&t=17s