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How to Do Wide-Arm Push-Ups

Push-Up Variation: Wide Arms

If you're a fan of push-ups because they're an effective way to tone your upper back, arms, chest, and core, then here's a variation you should add to your next strength training session. Normally, when we do push-ups, it's important to have your wrists underneath our shoulders. If you don't have any issues with shoulder or wrist pain or injuries, then try moving your arms out slightly wider. Through this different range of motion, you'll end up targeting varying areas of your upper body, particularly your chest and shoulders more. Wide-arm push-ups will also bring more definition in your lats.

This video shows wide-arm push-ups with straight legs, but if that's too challenging for you, lower your knees to the floor.

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For more details about wide-arm push-ups keep reading.

  • Begin in your top of a push-up position with your arms straight and your wrists underneath your shoulders.
  • Step each hand a few inches wider.
  • As you inhale, bend your elbows out to the sides as you lower your torso toward the floor. Then straighten your arms. This counts as one rep.
  • Complete as many reps as you can with proper form.
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