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Sweet lord! Body weight exercises are some of the best training and workouts one can do simply because no equipment is required and they can be done anywhere. Push-ups are not one of my favorite body weight exercises, but I am insistent on pushing myself harder than last go round.
Push-ups are more than an upper body workout. They hit core, back and legs. Basically, It’s a full-body toner.
This is one of the best body weight exercises you can do—and there are plenty of ways to make the move beginner-friendly or more challenging.
The regular push-up
Start in a plank position; feet together, hands slightly more than shoulder width apart and back straight aligned with the neck. It’s important to keep your back straight and your neck in line with your back. Once in proper plank position, lower yourself to the ground until your elbows are 90 degrees and parallel with your back.
If you can only do one or a few with proper form, that is OK. Drop your knees and knock out a few more.
Close grip push-ups
Start in plank position, but this time your hands will be directly under your shoulders and elbows tucked into your body. When you lower your body to the ground, your elbows stay close to your body. This allows you to focus more on your triceps.
Let’s be honest, these are slightly harder than regular push-ups.
Push-ups on your knees
Start in the same position as a push-up and keep your knees in contact with the floor, As you press up lift your upper body. Keeping your knees on the floor reduces the total weight you need to lift to complete the motion, while still retaining many of the benefits.
I have increased the number of regular push-ups I can do. Everything takes time and practice. I am stronger than I was a year ago when I barely could do a few on my toes.
Can you do push-ups? What are your favorite body weight exercises?