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Push-ups: They Aren’t Just For Men!

By April 6, 2009 14 Comments

Many women and their view of push-ups frustrates me more than pretty much anything else in the fitness field.  I don’t know where the mentality started, that women can’t do push-ups and need to do them on their knees.  That is such a victims/low-expectation mentality.  Within 3 months of training with me, most women are able to do at least 20 perfect push-ups on their toes.  My philosophy, is that every woman should be able to do 20 push-ups.  Many of the moms I train can do at least 40 perfect push-ups.  Guys should shoot for at least 50.

Push-ups are such a great exercise, because they don’t require any equipment, are great for toning the chest, arms, and shoulders, and can be a great test to see improvements in upper body strength.

Once you are able to do more than 15, you need to come up with ways to make them harder.  You can put your feet on a ball or a chair, like Jody did when she was on NBC with me. Another way to challenge you in the push-up is to do an explosive push-up.  This type of training will stimulate the type 2 fast twitch muscle fibers.  One variation is the clap push-up, which many of you are aware of.  Not only are these great for the upper body, but put a tremendous amount of pressure on the core, so your abs will get stronger from it as well!

Today, John Hall and I are going to share with you another fun variation.  I have been using it with my clients the past month and they love it!

Enjoy!

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It is usually a good idea to work up to this exercise, but is great to add to your exercise collection.

Try it out and let everyone know how it goes by adding a comment below!