Spice Up the Push-Up for More Gains!

When you workout regularly, it’s easy to get bored with certain moves–even old-school, true-and-true, still-effective moves like, well, the push-up.

It’s one of the simplest, most effective moves you can do. It strengthens your arms, chest, back and core. Even your legs and glutes get a workout. You don’t need any equipment, either. Or even a gym. Just drop and, as they say, give me 1o!

Or 20. Or more.

Last fall I vowed to start doing at least 50 push-ups a day for at least five days a week. Now, I’m up to 100 a day!

Okay, don’t be too impressed. I do four sets of 25, usually as part of a circuit involving at least two other moves.

It’s still hard, but needless to say, it’s easier than it was a few months ago. And still just as gratifying.

There’s a plethora of ways to spice up the push-up–including these 14 new push-up moves outlined by Men’sHealth.com. The Trunk Rotation, Walking Push-Up and the Plyo Push-up are just three.

It’s great to use the moves when you’ve been doing a lot of push-ups. Two of my last favorite (meaning they’re really hard) are extremely simple:

While in push-up position, alternately touch each shoulder with the opposite hand. (see pic) Do it in between each push-up for a set of 10.

Also while in push-up position, simply touch one hand with the other hand. Touch each hand five times, then do a push-up, until you’ve completed 1o push-ups.

These variations not only stave off boredom, but also activate different arm and core muscles for better definition and strength.

Challenge yourself!

 

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