Have a you ever wished, and hoped that there is an exercise out there that will work all of your muscles at the same time? Well, you’re in luck! Amoung others, push-ups are one of the best exercises you can do for your body, while also recruiting your whole body in the process.
As a Portland personal trainer, it’s not uncommon to see a client let out a big sigh when the word push-ups come up. However, push-ups are hard because they work. While you lower your body down and up, you’re working your core, your biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, back, hamstrings and quadriceps. That’s a lot of work going on at one time.
Not only are push-ups great for your body, but like many things, they get easier the more you do them. Here are some progressions to try when you’ve mastered the standard push up.
1. While performing a push up, raise one leg up so that more of the work is being down by your upper body. Alternate lifting legs.
2. Perform push ups using a Bosu ball, with the round side facing down. Once again, more emphasis on your upper body.
3. Place your feet on a higher surface, such as a bench or a plyo box. Perform these nice and slow while maintaining proper form.