Push-ups are one of the best bodyweight exercises that can be done at home. If done right, you can develop a great chest, back, and arms. Let’s take a look at how to do standard push-ups.
- Lie face down on the floor with hands just wider than shoulder width.
- Raise your body and straighten your arms so that your body is arms-length from the ground.
- Lower your chest just above ground level while breathing in.
- Breathe out, press up, and squeeze chest muscles as you return to starting position.
- Pause briefly while contracting muscles, then repeat the sequence for desired repetitions.
Standard push-ups are a great way to develop your chest without ever investing in a bench. Yes, you can increase your chest size with a bench, but a more athletic, functional way to increase chest strength is through push-ups. The only time I would want a bench is if you want to become a body builder.
If you find push-ups are a bit difficult for you, try placing your knees on the ground (preferably a soft mat or surface) and doing the push-up from there. I will drop to me knees when I want to extend the amount of push-ups I can do in my workout.
Push-up bars are also a great way to add additional range of motion for the exercise. You can get lower to the ground and really develop your chest area, and add a challenge to the workout.
Push-ups should be in everyone’s workout whether they bench or not. It is a great and easy way to really develop your chest, and lets you understand how much control you have over your body. Push-ups help build athleticism and body strength compared to a normal bench which tends to add on a lot of size.
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