I have long wondered why push-ups, in particular, are the bane of my best intentions to get in shape. Surely there must be a reason! Well, at last, I think I have found one. Behold these two visual representations of why push-ups are more difficult for tall people.
(And just so we’re clear, I’m talking honest-to-goodness push-ups, here. None of that half-hearted stuff they call “lady push-ups.”)
The proportions are never quite right. Observe:
Imagine a push-up to be a ladder angled horizontally up from the ground. Now let’s do some calculations, just hypothetical ones:
- 5′ 10″ tall (70 inches)
- ~30-33″ arms
- 70 / 30 does not equal 4.
Something is a trifle off with the ratio suggested by the experts.
Danger! Danger! Ladder safety violation!
Compare the stability and balance:
The British man in the red shirt agrees. No offense, extension ladder, but I rest my case.
(Also, Newton agrees.)
Yeah. I should stop whimpering now and just go to the gym.