the joy of strength training


August 4th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Quick and dirty push ups

Photo by listenmissy

What happened to summer?! Here in the UK we’re into August and still hardly any sunshine. I usually train outdoors but even the hardiest of fitness fanatics would have been discouraged by the downpoars we have been experiencing recently.

So I got in a quick workout indoors in my tiny flat and I thought I would share it with you. It’s useful for several reasons:

  • it can be done in a very small space
  • it can be done either as a finisher to blast the arms or as a workout on its own
  • it is very quick if you don’t have much time
  • it involves no equipment
  • it is fun and challenging

You can make this workout as easy or as hard as you like. If the push up variations are too easy for you, choose a different variation or simply put your feet higher. I have poor overhead pressing strength (I’m working on it!!) so shoulder push ups are hard for me and I chose the easiest variation. You don’t have to sink to my level.

Whatever variation you choose, concentrate on getting the form as good as possible – use this as an opportunity to practise technique. And get 100 push ups done.

Quick and dirty push ups

10 burpees (with a push up and jump)

5 tricep push ups (arms stay close into sides, hands underneath shoulders)

5 shoulder push ups (the higher the feet, the harder they are)

5 rounds for time
Watch the video demo

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