Monday, February 11, 2013

How To Do Clap Push Ups



Push ups are among the most popular body weight exercises around. They're easy to master and can be done just about anywhere. They're also very adaptable i.e. can be modified to completely different and challenging exercises. Case in point the hand clap push up. This is an exercise that has many benefits including:

  • enhanced upper body strength
  • improved core strength
  • improved coordination
  • enhanced endurance
It is one of those exercises that you should definitely add to your fitness routine. And today, you're going to learn how to do them.

How To Do Hand Clap Push Ups

All you'll need for this exercise is a flat, horizontal surface. Place both palms face down on the floor shoulder width apart. Now fully extend your legs behind you, make sure that your feet are close together. Most of your weight will be placed on your upper body, part of your weight will be balanced on the balls of your feet. Keep your abdominal muscles tight and your back straight.

Now, lower your body until your chest is within one inch of the floor then use your chest push yourself back up again until your arms lock out. At the top of the move, quickly clap your hands together, then place your palms back on the floor again with your arms fully locked out. You have just completed a hand clap push up.

Repeat this for another repetition. The less developed your chest and triceps, the more difficult it will be to do this - meaning that you need to have some upper body strength for this exercise. If you've got the endurance, you can easily do ten or more reps before taking a break.

Lots of experienced strength trainers will do 20 - 30 reps per set then rest for 60 seconds then go again. My suggestion is to do hand clap push ups only after you've gotten the hang of the basic push up.  You'll notice the strength developed from the hand clap push up has carry over to the bench press, thus making it a vital component of any strength training program.

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