Are you put off by push-ups? Push-ups are a powerhouse exercise that enhances the entire body. In fact, in one swift movement, a single push-up can strengthen the major muscle groups located in the chest, back, core, glutes, shoulders and legs.
And yet, many of us cringe at the thought of performing a push-up. Not only can push-ups be challenging and intimidating, they also can be dangerous to practice if you suffer from shoulder ailments or lower-back pain.
If you've been avoiding push-ups, the following effective, efficient and safe sequence is a great alternative.
All you will need are free weights and a yoga mat or carpeted surface.
The chest press is versatile and adjustable to your fitness level. Do this move on a gym bench, a stability ball or even the cushiony carpet in your home.
Essentially, a push-up is a plank in motion. The following plank variation is designed to perk up your pecs and carve your core.
Push-ups help to build the muscles of the back, chest, biceps, triceps and shoulders. An elbow squeeze shoulder press is a comprehensive combination that unites two exercises into one dynamic move to ensure that you hit all of the upper-body muscles used during a push-up.
Practice this circuit three times.