Push up exercises are fantastic for core strength but if you feel confident in your form and strength, here are 5 ways to POWER UP your push up exercises! Gain strength and balance by adding these advanced push up moves to your fitness routine!
Well… bye bye January and hello February! To be honest, I was quite surprised with January, in terms of fitness, that is. I was expecting new people to join my strength and sweat class and then leave by week two. I know, pretty bad expectations, right? Shame on me. But this year, I am glad to be wrong. I’ve had a few new “January Joiners” that not only have stuck around, but are ready to tackle more! Now that’s impressive. That being said, I like to give my class options to “POWER UP” their push up exercises. If they feel confident in their form and strength, then let’s take it up a notch and try a new way to add strength.
Start with the basic push up exercises first and then go from there.
I’ve recruited a few of my fellow fitness instructor/trainer friends to help display these exercises. Let’s get started, shall we?
Kindal has some great options here. I love her tricep push up! I use this move a lot at then end of my class. It’s great to incorporate with side planks, etc. Then there is the crazy back pack push up. Basically a bag filled with heavy things! The good thing is you can progress weight here again, just depends on what you put in your back pack, right? haha. Check out her post for more push up variations you’ll love to hate!
Katie has a great way to get more core and upper body focus for you push up. Try placing your toes on a bench and bring your knees to chest or elbow after each push up!
My other new favorite “advanced” push up incorporates a lot of balance well. Try placing your toes on a bench or box and then your hands on a foam roller. Trust me, it’s hard but definitely a push up to work towards. Great for upper body strength and focus!
Now the question remains… when do I try these push up exercises? How many reps? Etc.
- First master the basic push up. Try to get to at least 30 in a row.
- Once you have the perfect push up form, try a few of these, again focusing on form.
- Add in a 5- 10 reps at a time.
- Great for any body weight workout or to include with core work.
- Be mindful of your neck position and take each rep slowly, but surely, if that makes sense.
- Power up your push ups when you feel POWERful. We all have our good days and bad days. Learn to know which is which and execute when ready. Hey, we’re not super human, right?
Tell me, what’s your favorite way to PUSH UP? You know you secretly love them.
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