Push up boards seem to have their roots in ancient Media, what is now northern Iran, being documented for military purposes as far back as the 5th century BC. During the Parthian Empire (238 BC – 224 AD) the board became a mainstay of the Pahlavani (sport of heroes). During this period, certain traditions and tools of the Pahlavani made their way into the Indo-Pakistan region and merged with Hatha yoga and the local style of Indian wrestling, Malla-jddha.

In modern Iran, seven traditional Persian disciplines are practised in the Zurhaneh (house of strength). These include, meels (large clubs), sang (shield) and shena (push-up board), and usually accompanied by a rhythmic drum beat and chanting. The Zurhaneh training methods are touted as the reason why Iranians are regular winners at international wrestling and weight-lifting events.

Push up boards are used widely throughout the world from the average fitness enthusiast to soldiers and world class competitive athletes. The board uses nearly every muscle of the body – including pecs, biceps, triceps, deltoids, abs, lats and glutes as well as strengthening the grip – giving a total body conditioning workout in a short period of time.

At BodyMindFit, we have been developing our latest boards, with secret fixings and robust construction of highest quality, in sustainably source hardwood of course. Traditional boards are are up to 700mm long, as is our premium board. However, we have regularly been asked to make longer boards for some broader shouldered chimps out there so we decided to make the 800mm a regular product too, for just 3 quid more.

push up board close up

Persian meels
Functional fitness with clubs, meels, mace and shena