TRX Push Ups

TRX Push Ups

TRX Push Ups, or TRX Chest Presses are definitely the overall best and most effective exercise for the chest. In fact it’s probably the most effective upper body exercise there is. The only reason it’s not on my 5 Best Exercises Overall list is because it requires equipment. Aside from that, it’s even better than push ups. Like push ups, it is a superior exercise because anytime you are moving your body instead of moving an object in your hands, you are using more muscle and using more energy. For example, performing a bench press doesn’t use as much muscle because your torso is supported by a bench during the exercise. The reason TRX Push Ups are even more superior is because the handles of the TRX system also move freely. This requires even more muscles to activate in order to stabilize you. Although they require the TRX system, the equipment is light and portable so they can also be done anywhere. Besides this exercise, you can see more at List of Exercises by Body Part. Remember, an exercise is only as good as the workout program it is part of. Make sure you check out Best Exercises Programs.


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  • Place both hands in the handles
  • Estimate the the proper placement for the feet to give you the correct amount of gravity resistance. Remember, the farther forward the feet, the easier the exercise will be and vice versa. Be conservative in your estimate. You can always make it harder if needed.
  • Put yourself in the up-position of a push up
  • Slowly lower your body as in the down-phase of a push up
  • Be careful to not let your arms go wider than you would in a push up
  • Repeat for the desired amount of repetitions or until fatigued

Check out the List of Exercises by Body Part.

Push Ups

Push Ups

Benefits of Push Ups

Push Ups, push-ups, or pushups are probably the overall best and most effective exercise for not only the chest. In fact it’s one of the 5 Best Exercises Overall. There are several reasons for this distinction. One is because anytime you are moving your body instead of moving an object in your hands, you are using more muscle and using more energy. For example, performing a bench press doesn’t use as much muscle because your torso is supported by a bench during the exercise. Another reason I like them is because they require no equipment so they can be done anywhere. Besides this exercise, you can see more at List of Exercises by Body Part. Remember, an exercise is only as good as the workout program it is part of. Make sure you check out Best Exercises Programs.

Muscles Usedmuscles of the upper body-front view

Push ups use most muscles of the upper body and torso, but the main focus is on the pectoral (chest), front deltoid (shoulder) and triceps (back of arm) muscles. Click on image to see it larger.

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  • Lie face down on the ground
  • Position your hands palms down about a hands-width away from the the lower part of your chest.
  • Push up your body until you have almost a full extension in your arms .
  • Slowly lower your body back down until just before your chest touches the ground .
  • Repeat for the desired amount of repetitions or until fatigued

Alternative/Similar Exercises

Note: One exercise alone is not sufficient for any goal. All exercises should be part of a comprehensive exercise program. Also, see my list of exercises for more.

Mike Caton

 

Triceps Push Ups

Triceps Push Ups

Triceps Push Ups, or pushups, are probably the most effective of the triceps exercises for developing the triceps muscles. This is because anytime you are moving your body instead of moving an object in your hands, you are using more muscle and using more energy. This will lead to greater results. Another reason I like them is because they require no equipment so you can do them at home. Besides this exercise, you can see more at List of Exercises by Body Part. Remember, an exercise is only as good as the workout program it is part of. Make sure you check out Best Exercises Programs.


Description

  • Lie face down on the ground
  • Position your hands palms down next the the lower part of your chest.
  • Push up your body as in a push up.
  • Slowly lower your body back down until just before your chest touches the ground .
  • Repeat for the desired amount of repetitions or until fatigued

Check out the List of Exercises by Body Part.