Push Up Workouts for Your Pecs, Biceps, Triceps & Shoulders
Push Up Workouts for Your Pecs, Biceps, Triceps & ShouldersNov 23rd, 2009 | By Coach Chris | Category: Exercise Tips
When I think about push ups, the phrase ‘oldies but goodies’ always comes to mind. Of course, before I started looking into push ups more closely I had no idea just how ‘oldie’ this basic exercise really is. The truth is you can find recorded mention of push ups as far back as the Roman empire times. That’s over 2000 years old! Pretty cool.
The thing about push ups is that this one exercise works a lot of upper body muscles. Think about it. You get your pectoral muscles (chest), biceps, triceps and many of your shoulder muscles engaged with this leveraged body weight lifting action. In fact, just keeping your body held properly in the plank position will also work your core (abs). By shifting the placement of your hands, you can focus on (work harder) different muscle groups. So if it’s the pectoral muscles (pecs) you want to work, try the diamond push up. If it’s the shoulders and upper back, try the wide push up. The list goes on and on.
Push ups don’t take a lot of space and a couple sets of 15 will produce a real workout for those upper body muscle groups. You don’t need any equipment so it’s economical. The only problem with push ups are that they can be a bit boring.
That’s why I like to use P90X. This one program will keep me on track and all I have to do is follow along. I don’t have to schedule out when and how many or what type of push ups to do, my trainer, Tony Horton, does that for me. And since P90X is a comprehensive workout, I don’t have to then try to figure out what exercise is best for developing my back, abs and legs. However, with a little creativity and a fair amount of discipline, you can just do it yourself without any program
So if you are ready to get in shape, don’t overlook the lowly push up. It’s a great exercise that will work for you.Google+