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Push-Up Variation: Grasshopper Push-Up

To tone up your upper body for strapless dress and tank top season, push-ups are my favorite. I love that you don't need any equipment to do them, and they're so effective that it only takes a few reps before you start feeling it. Here's a challenging variation that will also increase flexibility in your lower back.

Music: "Every Ghetto, Every City" by Lauryn Hill

To learn how to do this exercise,


  • Come into plank position (top of a push-up), with your hands under your shoulders, and your body in one straight line.
  • As you bend your elbows out to the side and lower your torso toward the floor, step your right leg through the space between your left hand and foot, and cross it all the way over to the left side, resting on the outer edge of your foot. Keep your leg straight if you can.
  • As you straighten your arms, step your right foot back so you're in plank position once again. Now lower your body and cross your left leg over to the right side. Straighten your arms and come back to plank position. This counts as one rep.
  • Complete as many reps as you can. Don't be discouraged if you can't do too many, since this is a really challenging exercise.
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cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
The woman in the video is also a Yoga teacher
cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
In my yoga class my teacher makes us bring out knee to nose and do a push with leg in place. This variation gives extra support
Advah Advah 8 years
I agree with the above posters, this lady always makes all the moves look so easy and fun to do! Then I give it a try and realise I don't have enough strength in my arms to even push myself away from the floor!
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
Wooh I have to try that when I get home. Yeah the woman in the video is a pro!
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
Damn, this is harder than the spiderman push up.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
The woman doing this move has excellent form and makes it look easy. I just tried it and my form leaves a lot to be desired, except for practice!
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