Monday, June 20, 2011

How To Do Side Step Push Ups

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The more you challenge yourself the stronger you become. Today I'm going to show you the most intensely challenging push ups exercise to date in my push ups series. This exercise is very important to strength training because it combines horizontal and vertical motion. Once you've done one set of this type of push up, you'll know that you've had a great chest and whole body workout.

How To Do Side Step Push Ups

Push ups are body weight exercises so the only thing you'll need is a flat horizontal surface with enough area to move around in. Extend your legs behind you, you'll support part of your weight on the balls of your feet (keep your feet close together). Place both palms face down on the floor, making sure that they are shoulder width apart. Tighten your abs and keep your back straight, you must not arch your back at anytime during this exercise. Now, lower your chest to within one inch of the floor then press yourself back up to your starting position. Now comes the challenging part of the exercise: while holding in this position (upper body supporting most of your weight), move your left palm arm until it is directly next to the right palm. Now move your right palm one space to the right. Next move your right leg one space to the right. Then move your left leg one space to the right until there is little space between both feet. That completes one full repetition of the push up side step exercise.

Depending on how much space is available, do five step push ups moving to the right and then five step push ups toward the left. This push ups variation is harder than others because you have to learn to coordinate your movements in three dimensions (up, down and to either side). It's a very useful exercise with many strength training and conditioning benefits including:

  • strong biceps
  • strong shoulders
  • strong triceps
  • strong chest
  • strong abdominals
  • strong upper back
  • teaches coordination between arms and legs   
Side step push ups will take a little time to master. If you have underdeveloped upper body strength or tire easily, limit yourself to one set. Each week add another set while keeping the number of reps the same. Once you're in good physical condition you should be doing at least five sets (or 50 reps) of side step push ups.

Summer's here now. Are you going to spend it moping around with downcast eyes and feeling sorry for yourself because you're out of shape? Don't hide out in your room all day sitting around playing video games on your computer, get out into the sun! So what if you don't have a gym membership or equipment! You don't have any excuses now. Push ups are an excellent body weight exercise because you don't have to go out and buy any equipment, and they can be done just about anywhere. Turn off the computer or the TV and workout! Now is the time, guys.

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