Skip Nav
Vegan
You'll Never Eat Another Gummy Bear or Marshmallow Again After Hearing What It's Made From
Running
Own the Treadmill With This Interval Run — No Matter Your Level
Ab Workouts
11 Workouts For Ab Day Inspiration

Push-Ups For Beginners

New to Strength Training? 3 Ways to Modify Push-Ups

The almighty push-up is one of the most effective ways to strengthen and tone your upper body and core. It's extremely challenging, though, so if you're new to strength training or are coming back from an injury or pregnancy, here are three ways you can modify the basic push-up.

  1. Grab a ball: Elevating your feet can take some of the weight out of your upper body. Lie your belly on a ball and roll forward so your shins are resting on the top of the ball, and do your push-ups in this position. If resting your legs on an unstable ball is too much of a challenge, place your feet on a stool or low bench.
  2. Knee push-ups: Instead of holding your body in one straight line, rest one knee or both knees on the ground.
  3. Use a wall: Facing a wall, stand about three feet away. Reach your arms out, placing your palms on the wall in push-up position. Bend and straighten your elbows, doing a push-up on the wall as if doing a push-up on the floor. If this is too hard, step closer toward the wall. If it's too easy, take a step or two back and lower your hands so your body is in one straight line.
Image Source: Shutterstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
cster cster 3 years
it's not so much that my upper body lacks strength...it seems to be my wrists that can't handle the push-ups. Any recommendations?
The Difference Between Tofu and Tempeh
Best Ab Exercises For Women
Learn How to Do a Handstand
Weight-Loss Smoothie
Dairy-Free Ginger Cookies
Yoga For Headaches
30-Minute Gym Plan With Stationary Bike and Elliptical

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds