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The Push-Up

    

The Push-Up is a classic exercise used in athletic training and physical education, as well as in military physical training. This is a compound exercise that targets the muscles of the chest, arms, shoulders, and core. Push-Ups are excellent for developing both upper-body and core strength and also speed up metabolism, which helps burn fat. 

Besides the classic Push-Up, there are many other variations. Here are some of them:

  • Incline Push-Ups: This variation consists of doing push-ups against a bench (or some similar object). It works especially the lower chest and back.
  • Decline Push-Ups: To perform this, the feet must be raised on a bench (or some similar object). This variation works primarily the upper chest and front shoulders.
  • Diamond Push-Up: This push-up is done with the hands together and the index fingers and thumbs of one hand touching the other hand and making a diamond shape. It’s great for developing the size and strength of the triceps, chest, and deltoids.
  • Clapping Push-Ups: This variation consists of pushing up with enough power to make the hands rise from the floor and clap in the air. It helps develop the pectoral muscles for a more defined chest.
  • Single-Leg Push-Up: This push-up is performed by lifting one leg to do a set and then switching legs to do the next set. It works the chest, shoulders, and triceps, as well as the serratus anterior muscle.

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