Monday, September 20, 2010

How To Do Triangle Push Ups For A Great Chest Workout

A Very Powerful Exercise For The Upper Body



Just because you can't make it to the gym (or don't have a membership) is no excuse for slacking off on exercises to develop a strong upper body. Why? Because you can do plenty of chest exercises including push ups. In a previous article, Great Chest Workouts: How To Do Push Ups, I talked about the regular push up exercise. It is fantastic upper body exercise, but to keep your body challenged, you must increase the number of repetitions and sets. After a while, though, you may get bored doing the same exercise again and again and again. Or your body will get used to the workout and you'll stall in strength. So how can you avoid these pitfalls? Simple. By doing a variation on the simple push up. In this article, I'm going to show you how to do the triangle push up exercise.

How To Do The Triangle Push Up

Kneel to the floor. Place both feet together and then fully extend your legs behind you. The balls of your feet should firmly touch the floor. Now create a triangular space with your hands by placing the tips of your index fingers together while doing the same with your thumbs. You can align your hands such that they are under your chest. Keep your body in a straight line, your abs must remain tight. Now slowly lower your chest toward your hands. Then using your chest muscles, push yourself back up to your starting position. Perform eight to ten reps for a total of five sets. After a few sets of this exercise, you should really start to feel it in your triceps. You'll notice that this exercise is a lot more difficult than the regular push up because it requires more work from these muscles. People who are in very good shape should be able to perform at least twenty-five reps without stopping. It also does a wonder for your triceps. If you are not familiar with push ups or have very little upper body strength, then you are setting up for the exercise, bend your knees. This takes a lot of the weight off the upper body and will make the exercise easier. The down side to this is that you will not be getting the full benefit of the triangle push up exercise. So after you become stronger, do the exercise with your legs fully extended.

The triangle push up exercise is one of those hidden little gems: you can develop a lot of upper body strength which can carry over to your bench press workouts. So if you haven't been doing them, you're cheating yourself out of very practical exercise. 

Well, that's all for this exercise. Look forward to more articles on my Great Chest Workouts website. But none of this will do you any good, if you don't get out there and do it. So get going.

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