Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Push-ups: do them!

If you don’t already do push-ups as part of your strength routine, you really should. I don’t know if you’ve noticed in my past posts on feed me kc or anywhere on my blog, but I really, really, really, really like them. Push-ups are a must move because they use pretty much all the muscles in the upper body (arms, chest, back) and also engage your core, making it an extremely efficient upper body exercise.

Level 1: Using a wall, stand with feet hip-width apart a few feet out from the wall. Keeping the abs in tight and torso straight, lean towards the wall and place hands at chest height, slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Slowly bring your chest towards the wall and then slowly push back up to starting position. Repeat 12 times.

Level 2: Use a counter or sturdy table edge and follow the Level 1 instructions.

Level 3: On the floor, either on your knees or toes, keep your body nice and flat as you lower your chest towards the ground and push back up. Need more? Lift one leg up as you go down.

Levels 4, 5, 6 … : Put your feet on a table, chair, swing, etc. Or do it dive-bomb style.


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