Did you know push ups are considered a full body workout? Push ups force you to focus on your arms, abs and lower body all at the same time. Also pushups are convenient because you can do them anywhere and they require no equipment! We all want sexy sculpted arms and pushups are a great way to get there with little risk of injury because they are easy to modify. Check out these different variations and try them during your next workout to get some sculpted arms while working on the strength of the rest of your body!
Wide Arm Pushups
Wide arm push ups, ideally two shoulder widths apart, will work your chest and shoulder muscles through a different range of movement in order to create all-round upper body strength. Aim to keep your wrists facing forward, with your fingers wide apart for grip and stability. Lower your chest down as close to the floor as possible, taking your elbows out to your side in order to really work your chest muscles. Your feet should be about 8-10 inches apart or perform with knees down for modification.
Medicine Ball Pushups
Get into a push-up position with both hands placed on the ball and legs extended behind you, feet 8-10 inches apart. Make sure you have a good grip on the ball by spreading your fingers. Bend your elbows to lower your chest toward the ball for a push-up. This type of push up really targets those triceps and activates your core as you maintain balance.
Assume a standard push-up position, bringing your hands close together under your chest so that the fingers form a diamond pattern. As you lower down, allow the elbows to brush your ribs so that your triceps at the back of the upper arms experience greater challenge. Get your chest as close to the floor as possible then push your way back up.
One Legged Pushups
Start in a high plank position with your hands flat on the floor about shoulder-width apart, wrists in line with your shoulders. Lift one leg off the ground. Keeping your body in one long line, bend your arms and lower yourself as close to the floor as you can.
Push back up to start. Keep the lifted leg off the ground the entire time. Then switch sides and repeat.