You're into your 2nd round of 5 total. Each round requires 10 push-ups. As fatigue sets in, you begin to fail at completing all 10. You decide to drop to your knees and finish your sets this way. Halfway into a set of overhead presses you hit the wall. Instead of racking the barbell and waiting for some strength to return, you start push pressing instead. This senario can take place during any number of exercises. Which path will you choose? Let me explain why you may be making a huge mistake by choosing the path of least resistance.
There is no question that many exercises need to be built up and practiced before standards are reached and multiple repetitions can be reached. This is all a part of the process…and it's a rewarding venture. With time, you build confidence in knowing you can do what could not be done before. At this point, some important decisions need to be made and certain factors should be considered.
Keep in mind the following advice is given knowing that you can only operate within your abilities. If you are working on a pull-up, doing many of them is out of the question. You will sub an assisted version or body rows. If you can only do a couple push-ups from your toes at once, peforming many may require you to go from the knees. Resisance should also be chosen accordingly.
Each workout will present an option to scale load or weight. Each exercise will have options to modify. Each workout will also demand a particular number of repetitions. By choosing the easier option, we may save time on the clock but at what cost? A few undesirable outcomes are reinforcement of negative thoughts, self doubt, and lack of true progress. We have spent so much time and effort to learn the movement, only to discard it so we can get done quicker. By refusing to really push ourselves, we gain very little and we lose way too much. If you can do push-ups from your feet, make the choice to never go back to your knees. If you can swing the heavier kettlebell, aim to swing an even heavier one. Pick your technique, stick with it, and chip away until the work is done. Your reward is better fitness and confidence!