I love pushups. I think they're one of the most efficient and effective exercises out there. And there are so many ways to switch up and/or modify them to meet your needs. So today, since it's Workout Wednesday, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite pushup variations.
And finally, you should always address your individual needs. Consult with your physician before trying anything new, especially if you have upper body issues like, for example, a shoulder injury.
First up, triceps pushups.
1) They target your triceps muscles somethin' fierce.
2) They offer the knee modification, which lets you crank more with good form.
Never hesitate to modify to your needs if need be. Proper form is essential. And speaking of form, in a triceps pushup, you want your hands right underneath your shoulders and your elbows tucked in.
Literally skim your ribs as you move down and up—that's how you activate your triceps.
In a traditional pushup, your arms come apart a little bit and your elbows flair out slightly when you drop down:
This is especially important when you're doing a pushup to side plank.
Your core is always working in a standard pushup, but adding the side plank gets you a two-for-one deal.
This is also true when you do a pushup with a hop.
How about some stretching?
Try a downward dog split with a Spiderman pushup.
1) Do half of your set with the right leg, then switch legs.
2) Do your first set with the right leg, then your second set with the left leg.
To make it even harder, try pulling your knee underneath to the opposite elbow. Or, take a full core approach and remove the pushup entirely, coming out to a straight arm plank with the knee pull.
Variety is the spice of life, my friends.
And pushup variations sure do make me happy!