Friday, November 12, 2010

Bouncing Wall Push-ups - Plyometric Push-ups

Here are some more great ways to enjoy the push-up and work those muscles a little differently. The push-up is the best and healthiest upper body exercise in the world. 

Bouncing Wall Push-ups

Level of Challenge: Beginner to Intermediate
Bounce each push-up off the wall alternating with one hand higher and the other lower. Then alternate each rep with the hands moving outward to the right and left and then back inward to the regular position. You can also give it a four count which means count four movements as one rep. This will help keep the rhythm of the exercise.

Plyometric Push-ups

Level of Challenge: Beginner to Intermediate
The plyometric push-up is a push-up with a bounce. Get into the standard push-up position. Lower your body and bounce up with hands briefly off the ground. To add an additional challenge to this exercise, alternate between a standard push-up and a tricep pushup. You can also perform plyometric push-ups in the knee push-up position which makes it ideal for beginners as well.

Another variation of the plyometric push-up would be to use it for wall push-ups.

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