Whether you’ve been to boot camp or not, there’s no denying that pushups are the equivalent of reality television in the workout world: boring and repetitive. Up and down and up and down until you can’t do it anymore, and then you just wait a few minutes before doing them all over again. When you want pecs that can rip through a shirt but don’t want to introduce yourself to the carpet one hundred times per day, here’s how you can keep the workout up-tempo and fun with a few push-up variations.
8 Push-up Variations That Will Make Your Arms The Life Of The Party
1) Get a little help
Using an aid for push-ups like medicine balls, BOSU balls, and kettlebells. Pushing yourself up off of the floor is a dull affair, but having to balance on the side of a gyrating ball while pushing yourself up makes each push-up an adventure. You might want to put a pillow between your face and the floor the first few times.
2) Knees, please
Do push-ups from the knees instead of the toes. Keeping your knees to the ground extends the torso deeper, putting more pressure on the abdominal muscles as well as the pecs to get that awesome six-pack that everyone dreams of.
3) Get lifted
Alternate lifting each leg as you do push-up variations. These are sometimes called scorpion push-ups, and after a few of them, it can feel like a scorpion is stinging your core. Don’t give up — show that bug who is boss.
4) Double the arm workout, double the results
Do push-ups with a dumbbell in each hand, pushing yourself up through the weight. Then, lift one arm up in a curl or an overhead press, alternate with the other arm, and do another push-up. Every workout can be a bicep workout so that you can remind the ladies or the fellas (or both, if that’s your thing) to get their tickets to the gun show.
5) Who says you need two?
Try one-arm push-up exercises. These are easier than they sound, which means you might be unpleasantly surprised when you can only do a few of them before falling flat.
6) ‘Omm’ that push-up
Toss a little bit of yoga into your routine. By alternating between push-ups and downward-facing dog, planks, or even the super-challenging tree pose, you get a more comprehensive workout. Not only that, but you get an excuse to wear super comfy yoga pants and make that booty pop.
7) Boxy, baby
Put your feet up on a box. By increasing the height of your lower body, you put much more strain on your upper body. Putting your feet up will make your push-ups tone the shoulders in addition to the pecs. After awhile, you’ll make any excuse to give directions so that you can point the way with those toned arms.
8) Make it clap
Clap your hands together once you reach the top of a push-up, bringing them back down fast enough to keep you from getting a mouthful of floor. These are not just challenging but really fun, and also really impressive to anyone who happens to be watching.