Shock Your Chest With “Girl Push Ups”

In a strength training routine, your body responds to change. So if you want your body to keep responding you need to keep changing it up. Don’t be afraid to give something new a try just because of the name or any preconceived notions. You never know what effect an exercise is going to have until you try it. So as a challenge I suggest “GIRL PUSH UPS”. If you are doing these to failure there is nothing girly about push ups performed from the knees. I NEVER see anyone (but myself and my training clients) doing these but that’s probably because of the name “girl push ups”. They still engage your core muscles and stabilizers but with (obviously) less resistance than traditional push ups. But this is where the opportunity lays. Since they are so easy you should be able to do a lot of them. I mean a lot! After your next chest workout, or in place of it, try throwing in a set of 100 knee push ups. See how easy they are then and how many muscle fibers in your chest get involved to complete the set. Or perform a set of regular push ups and when you can no longer do any from the toes, drop to the knees and keep going. If you really want to have some fun, start with your feet on a bench- hands on floor, then drop to feet on floor, then knees. Good luck getting 10 or 20 of those last ones. One point to keep in mind is that you are moving from the knees, not the hips. So your thighs should pretty much touch the ground at the bottom of the knee push up. Give it a try, you just may be surprised at the results. J. NyQuist CPT

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