My husband, David, shares his favorite exercise and how they can benefit you in his guest post. Enjoy!
Push-Ups are one of my favorite workout exercises.
I enjoy working out and staying in shape but I don’t always have time to put in a full workout.
However, as with many “body weight” exercises, push-ups are something you can do when you’re short on time. You can do them as a quick workout in the morning or throughout the day.
They can be performed no matter where you are, and best of all, they are completely free – no expensive equipment or annual gym fees required!
How To Do A Push Up Correctly
To get the most benefits from doing pushups you must do them with the correct form. Otherwise, you may just waste your time.
Learn how to do a push up correctly by watching this video before you get started doing them.
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What Muscles Do Push Ups Work?
Push-ups are one of the basic and most common exercises for your body.
They are not only great for your chest, but they work your arms (triceps and forearms), lower back, abs, quads, and calves.
They work the intercostal muscles covering your ribs.
If you do enough of them and breathe in and out explosively as you do them they even work your lungs.
Then they become an aerobic exercise that also works your cardiovascular and aerobic systems.
What more can you ask for from a single basic exercise?
I highly recommend that you start doing push-ups if you aren’t already. If you already do some then start adding more to your workout routine.
What If You Can’t Even Do One Push-Up
In the beginning, push-ups can be hard.
If you try to do a push-up and you can’t or feel too weak then start with leaning against a counter or a wall.
Or try starting on your knees.
You will work the same muscles with those methods but you’ll place less weight on them.
So with each one, you do you will become stronger.
Then you can work your way up to regular push-ups.
Remember: Strength comes with repetition. The more you do, the stronger you get and the easier it all becomes.
Watch this video if you can’t do a regular push-up, yet.
How To Increase The Number Of Consecutive Pushups
Here is a very simple formula for increasing the number of consecutive push-ups you can do no matter the fitness level you are at – you can use it indefinitely:
- SET #1 Perform a set of push-ups to muscle failure, as many as you can do in one go and time yourself. Now rest the same amount of time it took you to do the push-ups. So if it took you 20 seconds to do 20 push-ups you will now rest 20 seconds.
- SET #2 Perform the second set of push-ups to muscle failure, as many as you can do and time yourself. Now rest the time it took you to do the second set.
- SET #3 Perform the third and last set of push-ups to muscle failure.
If you repeat the exercise 3-4 times a week you will very quickly raise your number of consecutive push-ups.
Note: the number you build up will eventually drop if you don’t do push-ups regularly and stop pushing yourself (literally). Nonetheless, it’s a cool goal to have.
Push-Up Types and Variations
There are many different variations of the basic pushup that you can do to focus on different muscles.
Steve, at ManvsWeight.com, has some great push up illustrations.
He’s compiled the world’s LARGEST interactive list of variations!
Check out his 113 Killer Push UP Variations and Exercises here.
NeilaRey.com- Now DareBee.com posted these illustrations below that you can print.
Ready For A Push-up Challenge?
OK, so now you can do some push-ups but not many in a row.
Take the 30-day 50 push-ups challenge below to build up to doing 50 pushups…or more.
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Get More Results From Your Workouts And Burn More Fat
As much as I love to do pushups I know that I’ve got to have enough protein to build muscle and burn fat.
I drink a protein shake every day to help me get enough protein without having to do a lot of meal prep. Who has time for that?
My favorite brand of protein is Isagenix. I’ve researched many brands and found this one to be the cleanest and most bio-available.
If you take cheap protein you’ll get cheap results. Don’t waste your time or money on bulk bags of junk at Sam’s club.
Learn more about the Isagenix protein and their other products here.
About David Russell
David owns a website design company called RedSpot Design. When he is not designing websites he’s fishing, coaching soccer, or exploring our nearby woods. You can follow along with this 30 Day HIIT Workout that he previously shared HERE.
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