Completely free and one of the most effective ways to sculpt your arms and upper back, the push-up is one dynamic move. To get more out of your push-ups, follow these simple tips.
- Keep your push-ups guessing: The basic push-up is a phenomenal move for toning the upper body and core, but sticking to this variation will not only put you at risk for repetitive stress injuries as well as fitness plateaus, boredom will have you dreading them. Mix it up with multitasking variations that will target and strengthen your upper body in different ways, as well as other parts of the body. For some ideas, try these core-strengthening push-ups.
- Break them up: Instead of doing one big session of push-ups, do several short sessions throughout your day. It doesn't take much time to drop and do 20, so choose three times during the day to throw in a set, say, every time you go to the bathroom, or right before each meal. You'll be amazed at how quickly you build strength and stamina.
- Less is more: While doing 50 push-ups might be your goal, you won't get as much out of them if your form is sloppy, or worse, if you end up with an injury. Focus on learning and maintaining proper form for every push-up, which may mean doing less reps, or doing them with your knees resting on the floor. As you build strength, you'll be capable of doing more reps to eventually reach your goal.