Push Ups – The Ultimate Chest Exercise

The great thing about push-ups is that they use your body weight as resistance, so you don’t have to use equipment. They’re a great way to tone the upper body if they are done correctly. Push-ups are, in many ways, the ultimate chest exercise.

In addition to building strength, they force the heart to work harder and the blood to pump faster. This increases metabolism and helps you burn more calories.

Guess what?…You don’t need any extra equipment… Picture that!!


*Muscle Groups Worked: Chest, triceps, anterior deltoids and core.

Military Push Ups: Place your toes and hands on the floor, making sure your back and arms are straight. Keep your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart and tighten your abdominal muscles. Inhale as you lower yourself to the floor, stopping as your elbows reach a 90-degree bend. Keep your body from touching the floor. Exhale and push yourself away from the floor. Don’t lock your elbows, and don’t bend your back.

Single Leg Push Ups: Start out in the standard push up position. Then elevate one leg off the floor and hold it straight behind you. Lower your body down to the floor until your chest brushes the ground. Keep your elbows tucked in by your sides. Your elbows should go down and back, not flare out to the side. Then push back up to the starting position.

Modified Push Ups: Place your toes and hands on the floor, making sure your back and arms are straight. Keep your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart and tighten your abdominal muscles. Inhale as you lower yourself to the floor, stopping as your elbows reach a 90-degree bend. Keep your body from touching the floor. Exhale and push yourself away from the floor. Don’t lock your elbows, and don’t bend your back.


Quick Tip:
Work towards building strength & endurance to increase the number of reps with this exercise. Just starting out, you may only be able to do one…that’s ok. Keep working at it until you are able to do three complete sets. Whether it’s three sets of 10, 25, or 100, the objective is to DO THEM!!!

 

Check out these references:
Visit www.livestrong.com and www.ehow.com for additional information.

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*Before beginning any fitness program, always see a qualified healthcare provider for advice and to address any questions or concerns. The exercises presented on this website are for suggestion only and should not be substituted for medical diagnosis or treatment. Participate at your own risk and stop if you feel faint or experience shortness of breath.