Monday, January 16, 2012

Do Inclined Push Ups To Get Powerful Pecs



Are you looking for an exercise that will give your upper body and amazing workout? Then you're in luck because today I'm going to show you how to do incline push ups. This is one of the most amazing strength training exercises that you'll ever learn. Why? Because incline push ups are a total compound exercise with many benefits including:

  • strengthens pecs
  • strengthens shoulders
  • strengthens biceps
  • strengthens wrists
  • strengthens abdominal muscles
  • convenient for people who can't get to the gym
Now that you know what this exercise can do for you, I'm going to show you how to do them.

How To Do Incline Push Ups

You'll need a chair, bench or sturdy elevated platform for this exercise. To start, place both hands on the bench. The next thing you need to do is extend both legs behind you. Much of your body weight is going to be supported on the balls of your feet. Keep your back straight, arching screws up the exercise not to mention is dangerous for your spinal cord. Keep your abdominal muscles tight, too.

Now, lower your chest to within an inch of the bench. Squeeze your shoulder blades together (imagine that you're squeezing an orange between them). Much of the incline push up work is done by the pecs, so use your chest muscles to push yourself back to the starting position. That's one rep. Do nine more reps, take a fifteen second break then do another set of ten push ups.

I recommend doing three sets of incline push ups, to build up your chest muscles.

If you aren't strong enough to do ten per set, cut the number of reps down to a number you can manage. You can also support your weight on your knees but this will lower the challenge of the exercise.

Each week increase the number of sets until you're able to complete 100 inclined push ups (i.e. ten sets of ten push ups).

This is an excellent exercise for people on the go. If you don't have time to hit the gym, just do some incline push ups. This exercise also has carryover benefits to the bench press. The stronger your chest, the more you can bench press. And if you really want to give your chest a grueling workout, mix up incline push ups and dips.

Winter break is almost over! When classes start up again, make the time to strengthen your body as well as your mind. Great Chest and Whole Body Workouts is here to help with that.

See you next week.

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