“On the ground and give me 5!” Push-ups are basically the go-to exercise for any fitness fanatic. But we’re all so hooked on the usual, standard straight leg, straight back and the repetitive drop and rise with our arms. But what would you do if I told you that there were 3 different push-ups that most people don’t know about but should? Yeah, you would go bananas, or something like that, I’m sure.
Single Leg Push-Ups
Based on its name, this exercise is as straightforward as they come. Lift one leg straight out behind you while you do push-ups -make sure to keep your hips aligned. Complete the same amount for each side – you don’t want a 3-pack down one-side of your tummy, trust me. The single leg push-up variation helps build your core which then helps your general balance and stability. Look forward to seeing stronger hamstrings, buttocks and lower back.
Did someone say ‘tea’? Not quite, sorry. T push-ups are the answer to love handles that need a little shaving. All you need to is get into the usual push-up position, then drop a little as you normally would, but here comes the twist – both literally and figuratively. When you press yourself back up, twist your body out so that one arm goes high and straight, making your abdomen face out. After you’ve stretched yourself out, return to the regular position and repeat for the other side. What is this good for, you wonder. Firstly it boosts your shoulder, arms and triceps, but then it tightens your tummy muscles and the muscles that rest under your armpits.
Have you got a pair of shoulders? Great, you’re already a step ahead of the rest. Get yourself started with the traditional push-up pose, and then drop, but now when you rise, tap your shoulder with the opposite hand. Make sure to alternate sides with each push-up and not with each set of push-ups. This exercise is a godsend for your core, for your wrists, oblique muscles, and triceps. Here’s the bonus – it’s excellent for co-ordination.
They’re Not Just Push-Ups
We all tend to give little credit to home workouts and save the glory for the gym. But when you’re in your home and you’re waiting for those veggies to roast in the oven, why not give yourself a physical boost with a series of these push-ups? 15 minutes is all it takes, but just wait to see how much it gives!