Are regular push-ups too
easy? Maybe even some of the more "intermediate" level push-ups like Decline Push-ups are too easy?
Here's a quick video demonstrating some advanced types of push-ups to keep your workout program
By: Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT: Certified
Fitness & Nutrition Expert to the True Superheroes - Busy Moms & Dads and author of Fat Loss To Go
It's no secret that I love push-ups. I include them in most of the workouts I design for my
clients, as well as my own workout programs - whether they be designed for fatty fat fat loss or overall
They can be done anywhere, anytime and you've got an endless number of variations to the king
of all upper-body exercises. The reason I say push-ups are the king of upper-body exercises, over things like
chin-ups or the worthless bench press, are that there are so many different types - from beginner to advanced - and
they're so flexible. Not only that, but they work a tremendous amount of muscle from the big pecs (chest muscles),
to the shoulders, triceps, and even your core/abs get involved (I like to think of the push-up as a moving
plank...meaning it's even better than planks at working your core).
It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a more advanced exerciser - there are more than
enough types of push-ups to fit your skill level.
For the beginner there are the kneeling and incline push-ups, to the more advanced variations
of the Hindu, Spider-Man or Hand Stand push-ups.
Here's a video with just a few of the push-up variations I routinely do and include in
the workout programs I design for the more "advanced" exerciser.
Advanced Types Of Push-ups
See what I'm saying?
Just because normal push-ups are too easy doesn't mean you shouldn't, or can't, do them.
When you have a workout program that calls for push-ups, and you can easily do the type it calls
for, then throw one of those advanced types of push-ups in and move on with your workout.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with doing a more difficult push-up - it's how you progress and get better.
The cool part is that many of those push-ups work your body differently. Some work your triceps a bit more,
which make them better to include if you want stronger and better looking arms. Some work your abs a bit more,
like Spider-Man push-ups, which make them a great addition to an abs workout.
Some, like 1 1/2 push-ups are incredibly deceptive in the amount of effort and burning that takes place and
make them great to add if you want to shut up a client who's giving you hell (maybe that's just me...).
In all seriousness, if you can, you should definitely be mixing some of these advanced types of
push-ups into your overall workout program - no matter if you're trying to drop some fat, get
stronger, or maintain your overall level of fitness.
Before I sign off, here are a few different workout videos where you can use these advanced types of
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