Add some PIZAZZ to your push-ups! Push-ups are a superb upper body move that hits your chest, shoulders, back, biceps and triceps. But they're also great for your lower body and core as well!
Try these cool variations.
DUMBBELL PUSH-UPS - There are two ways to do them.
1 - Put the dumbbells on the floor and use the handles to do push-up.
2 - If you have flat-sided dumbbells, put them on their end so they're standing up. Space them shoulder-width apart, put your hands on the ends and push up. This allows you to go deeper into the push up than regular push-ups. For added interest and intensity, move the dumbbells further apart.
INVERTED PUSH-UPS (advanced move) - Find a bench, bed, wall or ball and position your feet (slightly apart) above your hands. Make sure your hands are shoulder-width apart or a little wider for stability. Your entire body weight is now concentrated on your hands.
TRICEP PUSH-UPS - Get in a push-up position but bring hands in, shoulder-width apart. When you go down, make sure your elbows are pointing back and that you focus on using your triceps muscle to push you up.
BARBELL PUSH-UPS - Instead of pushing up on the floor, use a barbell. This will require extra core strength to keep the bar from rolling out from underneath you.
LEG RAISE PUSH-UPS - Standard push-up but raise one leg behind you. You'll get extra hamstring, glute and core muscles to raise your leg and maintain balance. Be sure to do at least one set with each leg.
by Heather Frey
Founder and President of SmashFit.com, Motivationalist, CPT, Writer, Artist, Spokesperson, Fitness Model, National Figure Competitor
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