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Side Push-Ups: Great for Arms & Brides

Side Push-Ups: Great for Arms & Brides

I am always looking for quick ways to work my arms. This exercise is great for those commercial break moments, but is also great to do at the gym. It is a great exercise since it works your biceps, triceps and deltoids. By keeping your core engaged it will also work your waist. Nice bonus, huh?

Do 10 repetitions on each side
Starting Position

  • Keep waist up and lifted
  • Keep energy shooting out of the crown of your head

  • Exhale and press hand firmly into floor and press elbow to almost straight
  • Keep torso stable - use your core
Bend Elbow

  • Lower yourself back down, to start position (see top photo)
  • Go twice as slow as the push up move, this works your arms even more


  • Spread your fingers wide so your fingers take weight and not just your wrist.
  • Really keep your torso supported throughout exercise. This makes the exercise easier, but also turns it into a more full body exercise.
  • Put padding under your hip if this hurts that bony protrusion (greater trochanter) on your thigh bone (femur).
  • Add this exercise into the Starter Arms routine. Just do them after the triceps dips.
Join The Conversation
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
This looks freaking hard to do!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
WOW - I just tried this and I LOVE it! Plus, it's so much more satisfying than just doing straight, boring push-ups. However, my hip bone (AKA "greater trochanter" hehehehe) does hurt, so I'm thinking I need to put a folded towel underneath or use a mat. Now I'm really inspired to tone up my arms ... ok, as for the rest of my body ...
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Man - it looks hard! I can't do push-ups, can only do crunches and sit-ups well. Lol.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
it looks tough! LOL! i definitely wont do this in the gym :p
sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
these look really interesting, can't wait to get home and try them!! thanks heaps fitsugar!
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
I imagine the balancing on one hand is also a good wrist strengthener. "Party like a rock star, pound like a porn star, play like an all star!"
JennaV JennaV 10 years
Holy cow....those look killer!!! :O
wiggle wiggle 10 years
I did these as a pre-natal exercise. Talk about hard to do when you have to push your big belly away from the ground with just one arm. I haven't tried it since and but will soon (tonight?)
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