P is for Push Ups

P is for Push Ups

Any and everyone who knows me knows I enjoy doing push ups.  I know that sounds strange but I do.  You know why?  Due to another “P” word, powerful.  It makes me feel powerful.

I do them in boot camp and with my personal trainer.  I do them on my own and while working out with my girls.  It is my go-to exercise.

I started doing them when I watched Janet Jackson’s concert “Velvet Rope”.  Her body was so tight in that concert I got on the hotel floor that day (I was consulting and living in extended stay hotels) and just started.  I started on my knees but after two weeks of completing them consistently daily, I was up on my toes in standard position.  That was a big accomplishment.

We’ve had several challenges incorporating push ups like a 1,000 push up challenge in March.  BOY it was tough and I will say I did not make it BUT there is always tomorrow…or rather next month.  LOL.

Here are some of variations of push ups you are sure to benefit from.  But wait – what does it work?  If you do it right:

  • abs
  • shoulders
  • triceps
  • biceps
  • chest

Beginner

 

Standard

 

Decline

 

Diamond

 

Tips:

Hold your abs in tight – will make the push ups easier to execute

Breathe out when you rise up and straighten your arms

Slow and steady, don’t rush through the movement

Try to bring your chest down to 1 inch above the floor

Use a yoga mat under the hands if the ground is too hard

 

How many push ups can you in 1 minute?

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Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links.  Also, I am not a personal trainer or physician.  Always check with your physician before starting any exercise program.

 

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2 Replies to "P is for Push Ups"

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    Pratik Kirve April 19, 2014 (7:01 am)

    Very helpful tips about push ups.. Thank You very much for that!! And I never counted, how much I can do in a minute…
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      DSTPRL April 19, 2014 (7:10 am)

      Try it Pratik – you may surprise yourself.

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