If you survived high school gym class, chances are you tangled with the push-up a time or two. Turns out those gym teachers were on to something. This basic fitness move is worth adding to your routine; it will help tone your upper body as well as engage your core.

Begin by mastering basic push-up form. If you need to brush up on the basics, take a look at this step-by-step guide from Greatist.com. All the while you’ll be increasing your overall strength and have the benefit of being able to do them pretty much anywhere.

Once you’re ready, you can add many variations of the push-up to your regular workout routine. By doing so, you’ll be able to target additional muscle groups and turn your push-up routine into a full-body workout.

Here are a few variations to try –

Diamond Push-up: Use this variation to focus on your triceps.

Creepy Crawly Push-up: Aptly-titled for October, this variation targets your lower back and waist.

Push-up with Tuck Crunch: Fire up those abs by adding a crunch in this variation.

One-Legged Push-Up: This variation makes you less stable which engages the core even more.

Side-to-Side BOSU Push-Up: Add an element of instability by using a BOSU ball and work your shoulders as you move from side-to-side.


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