OK, so I know we’ve done push-ups for Workout Wednesday before but those were just your basic “assume-the-position-push-up-lower-repeat” variety. There are plenty of other ways of doing them that will really tax your arms, chest, shoulders, fingers and all sorts of other body parts you never knew were involved in doing them.
First of all, you can do the basic variety push-up, or press-up as we call them in England, with your arms shoulder-width apart, holding the body up in a straight line from the toes to the head, then the smooth lowering down of the chest to the ground, and then back up.
It’s a great way of working out what are called the pectoral muscles and triceps, with ancillary benefits to the deltoids, serratus anterior, coracobrachialis and the midsection as a whole. In plain English that just means arms, chest, shoulders and stomach. But the other sounds more impressive if you are at a cocktail party and you want to sound smart.
But there are other way cool variations on a theme. Here’s a few:
Knuckles – Instead of having your hands flat on the floor make a fist and do the push up on your knuckle, this will ease the strain on your wrists
Fingers – OK, once you’ve tried the knuckle variation try it on your finger tips. It’s amazing how much harder it is when you are doing it all on your fingers. It can really strengthen your digits.
Wide arms – these can work the chest
Arms kept close by your rib cage – these work the arms more than the chest
So, that’s pretty much it. You can try other things such as putting your feet on a chair or bench and raising your legs higher than the rest of you, this puts more weight on your arms and forces them to work harder.
The best part of all this is that you can do them anywhere, anytime – well, maybe not on the bus going home or in the supermarket – and you don’t need any equipment.