Thursday, February 5, 2015

THE PUSH UP! The Godfather of the chest workout

The PUSH-UP is the Godfather of the chest workout. It’s been around forever and believe it or not…it’s evolving. Why? Because it works and there’s never just a single way to do any exercise.

The push-up—like any type of press or pull—requires the use of several muscle groups working on concert. But unlike some of its barbell or dumbbell counter-parts, the push-up calls several smaller muscle groups—which work as stabilizers —into play. Your abs, serratus, lower back, hip flexors and rotator cuffs all reap the benefits of a well-executed set of push-ups, even though your pecs are the main target. And strengthening that supporting cast will only help you on your bigger moves for your chest like heavy incline presses.

But the standard U.S. Marine Corps "drop and give me 20" version shouldn't be the only item on your push-up menu. By varying your hand spacing or calling extra equipment into play, you can make the push-up one of if not the most challenging exercise in your routine. Experiment with the following variations to start taking advantage of all the push-up has to offer your physique. See youtube video below! For more fitness tips visit: Body Boyz United   ~ Empowering U2B-Body Fit! 

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