#360fit: Ten types of press-ups for an awesome physique

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Push-ups have been, and always will be the king of body weight exercises.

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Push Ups have been, and always will be the king of body weight exercises. No other movement so effectively provides un-weighted resistance to the entire upper body, but that’s not all. Push Ups also work your core, glutes and quads. Even though the major muscle group worked is the chest, this exercise is a full body blast.

Once you master the standard push up, you’re ready to move on to more advanced variations. However, keep working on the standard version until you can complete a set of 100 without a break.

STANDARD PUSH-UP

Major Muscles Involved: 
Primary – Pectorals
Secondary – Triceps

Execution:

Set yourself on the ground, face down with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Your feet should be touching.

Keeping your body in a straight line and eyes facing the floor, raise up by pushing through the hands until your arms are fully extended. Tense your buttocks and tighten your abs to prevent your body sagging in the middle or lifting into a ‘v’ position.

Lower yourself until your chest is a few inches off the floor then explode back up to the locked arm position. 

SINGLE LEG PUSH UP

Major Muscles Involved:

Primary – Pectorals
Secondary – Triceps, Front Deltoids, Glutes, Core

Execution:

Assume a standard push up start position, but lift one leg off the floor.

Lower down so your chest is a few inches off the floor and push through the hands until you return to the start position.

Alternate between which leg is raised to work the body evenly.

CLAPPING PUSH-UP

Major Muscles Involved:

Primary – Pectorals
Secondary – Triceps, Front Deltoids

Execution:

Assume a standard push up start position.

Explode upwards pushing your entire upper body off the ground and clap your hands.

Quickly return the hands in front of the body.

As your hands come back into contact with the floor bend the elbows and lower to a few inches off the floor.

Exhale as you explode up. Try to keep the body as straight as possible. 

CHEST TAP PUSH-UP

Major Muscles Involved:

Primary – Pectorals
Secondary – Triceps, Front Deltoids

Execution:

Begin in a standard push up position.

Explode up the same as a Plyometric Push Up, touching your chest with both hands at the top of the movement

Bring your hands back down in front of you to catch yourself and lower down in preparation for your next rep.

ARCHER PUSH-UP

Major Muscles Involved:

Primary – Pectorals
Secondary – Triceps, Front Deltoids, Side Deltoids

Execution:

Assume a standard push up position, but have one arm extended fully out to the side at 90 degrees to the body. This arm is just for support.

Do a conventional push up, using just the arm that is in the standard push up position to do the work. Your aim is to isolate the arm and chest on that side of your body.

Work both sides of the body evenly.

GRASSHOPPER PUSH-UP

Major Muscles Involved:

Primary – Pectorals
Secondary – Triceps
Execution:

Assume a standard push up position.

As you drop down into the bottom of the push up position, bring your left knee across to touch your right elbow.

Breathe in as you lower down and exhale as you push up out of the movement.

Alternate sides so your right knee comes to your left elbow.

MUAY THAI PUSH-UP

Major Muscles Involved:

Primary – Pectorals
Secondary – Triceps, Front Deltoids, Latissimus dorsi (underarms/back)

Execution:

Assume a standard push up position. Spread your feet a little wider for balance.

Explode up as high as you can, clapping your hands behind your back in the upper most position.

Quickly bring the hands back in front of you exhaling as you lower down. Land as soft as you can, absorbing the landing impact. 

DIVE BOMBERS

Major Muscles Involved:

Primary – Front Deltoids
Secondary – Pectorals, Triceps

Execution method

Assume a start position with your legs wide and your hands shoulder width apart. Your butt should be up in the air so the body is creating an upside down ‘V’ shape.

Bend the elbows to swoop down and forward coming close to the ground in a curving motion so that the shoulders go past the hands.

Push up so the body finishes in a cobra (bent back) position.

Now, reverse the motion back to the start position.

Inhale on the way through, exhale on the return.

AZTEC PUSH-UP

Major Muscles Involved:

Primary – Core
Secondary – Pectorals, Triceps, Front Deltoids

Execution:

Assume a standard push up position.

Drop down into the bottom of the push up position, then explode upwards so your feet and hands come away from the floor.

Touch the tips of the toes with your fingers and quickly return to a fully extended body position.

Catch yourself and lower back to the start position. 

SUPERMAN PUSH-UP

Major Muscles Involved:

Primary – Core
Secondary – Pectorals, Triceps, Rear Deltoids, Lower Back

Execution:

Lie face down flat on the floor, arms and legs fully extended.

Push through the hands lifting the body off the floor so the feet and the hands are the only part of the body touching the floor. The body should only come a few inches off the floor.

Return to the prone lying position.

*Steve Theunissen is a freelance writer and literacy teacher living in New Zealand. He is a former gym owner and personal trainer. Steve is the author of 5 hard copy books and dozens of e-books on the subject of fitness, bodybuilding and weight loss.

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1961: Chendo, Right-back who spent his entire 17-year career with Real Madrid winning seven league titles (54).

1973: Martin Corry, former England rugby union captain who played at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups (42).

1975: Marion Jones, disgraced US sprinter who lost three Olympic gold medals after admitting steroid use (40).

1981: Conrad Smith, New Zealand and Hurricanes centre who was a World Cup winner in 2011 (34).

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The trade that was supposed to break the Dallas Cowboys ended up reinvigorating a declining franchise who were, in reality, handing over the NFL’s best running back for a lot of risk. So the story goes, Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson decided using one of their biggest assets to shake up the roster during a morning jog.

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Other memorable events to happen on this day:

1952: At 17, Hanif Mohammed scores 121 and 109 not out against North Zone on Pakistan’s tour of India becoming the youngest player to score two tons in a first class match.

2003: Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher finishes eighth at the Japanese Grand Prix to claim the F1 world championship – the sixth and penultimate of his career – by two points ahead of McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen who came second at Suzuka.

2013: Timothy Bradley defeats Juan Manuel Marquez via a split decision in Las Vegas to win the WBA welterweight boxing title.

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