Push Up Variations
Pretty much everyone you meet has done (or at least attempted!) push ups before. Push ups are a common exercise everywhere from high school gym classes to the military. While athletes make push ups look easy, they can be tough! Because push ups engage your core, legs, and arms, they are a great full-body workout that will make you stronger everywhere. If you’ve already mastered the basic push up and want to add more variety to your routine or try something new, check out these four variations:
Brush up on the basics. Even if you’re used to doing push ups, it’s a good idea to brush up on proper form. Make sure your back is flat, your abs are tight, and you’re not sticking your bottom up in the air. Your arms should be positioned so that your elbows face behind you, with your fingertips forward!
Alternate your hand and leg positions. Switching up your hand and leg placements will work different muscles. Three great variations are Wide Grip, Diamond, and Single Leg. They all work on your chest, triceps, and shoulders but they emphasize the muscle groups differently. For instance, wide grip puts a greater emphasis on your chest and shoulders while diamond works your triceps more. It’s a great idea to practice many different types!
Do you have any ideas for push up variations? Are you still working on getting the basics right? Tag us in your variation video or photo on Instagram @augustactive and #augustactive to pass on the challenge!