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Advanced Types of Push-ups

Are regular push-ups too easy?  Maybe even some of the more "intermediate" level push-ups like Decline Push-ups are too easy?  Here's a quick video demonstrating some advanced types of push-ups to keep your workout program progressing.

By: Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT: Certified Fitness & Nutrition Expert to the True Superheroes - Busy Moms & Dads and author of Fat Loss To Go

It's no secret that I love push-ups. I include them in most of the workouts I design for my clients, as well as my own workout programs - whether they be designed for fatty fat fat loss or overall fitness.advanced types of push-ups

They can be done anywhere, anytime and you've got an endless number of variations to the king of all upper-body exercises. The reason I say push-ups are the king of upper-body exercises, over things like chin-ups or the worthless bench press, are that there are so many different types - from beginner to advanced - and they're so flexible. Not only that, but they work a tremendous amount of muscle from the big pecs (chest muscles), to the shoulders, triceps, and even your core/abs get involved (I like to think of the push-up as a moving plank...meaning it's even better than planks at working your core). 

It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a more advanced exerciser - there are more than enough types of push-ups to fit your skill level.

For the beginner there are the kneeling and incline push-ups, to the more advanced variations of the Hindu, Spider-Man or Hand Stand push-ups.

Here's a video with just a few of the push-up variations I routinely do and include in the workout programs I design for the more "advanced" exerciser. 

Advanced Types Of Push-ups

 
 
See what I'm saying?
 
Just because normal push-ups are too easy doesn't mean you shouldn't, or can't, do them.
 
When you have a workout program that calls for push-ups, and you can easily do the type it calls for, then throw one of those advanced types of push-ups in and move on with your workout.bodyweight exercise push-up variations
 
There's absolutely nothing wrong with doing a more difficult push-up - it's how you progress and get better.
 
The cool part is that many of those push-ups work your body differently. Some work your triceps a bit more, which make them better to include if you want stronger and better looking arms. Some work your abs a bit more, like Spider-Man push-ups, which make them a great addition to an abs workout.
 
Some, like 1 1/2 push-ups are incredibly deceptive in the amount of effort and burning that takes place and make them great to add if you want to shut up a client who's giving you hell (maybe that's just me...).
 
In all seriousness, if you can, you should definitely be mixing some of these advanced types of push-ups into your overall workout program - no matter if you're trying to drop some fat, get stronger, or maintain your overall level of fitness.
 
Sound good?
 
Before I sign off, here are a few different workout videos where you can use these advanced types of push-ups:
 
 
 
 
Give those videos a watch, and then try 'em, today!
 
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