Pushing His Luck

For Stanford's star QB, upper arms are a cardinal concern
December 12, 2011

With an upcoming BCS bowl game, a likely trip to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony and the tag of "presumed Number 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft" heaped upon him, Andrew Luck shoulders an enormous burden these days. To keep those shoulders fit, he works with Stanford strength coach Shannon Turley, who orders up sets of nine different push-up variations. Below, Luck shares two of the more imaginative ones he endures at each workout.

FIT TO A T

Start in a down push-up, then raise yourself up into a T position (above) on one arm and hold for two seconds. Six push-ups—three per arm—equals one set.

FREE FALLING

From a standing kneel, fall forward and land in a down push-up, elbows in. Burst out with your arms to regain your starting position.

TWO ILLUSTRATIONSILLUSTRATIONS BY JASON LEE PHOTOJASON O. WATSON/US PRESSWIRE (LUCK)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)