Favorite 5: Push-up Variations

Hey, loves!

I know my posts have been sporadic lately. I’m going through some changes that came as a huge shock to me and I haven’t quite gotten my balance back. Though I want so bad to stay consistent with my posts, I’ve been really needing to spend some time just gathering my thoughts and exercising my mental strength. It has gotten to the point where I am so ready to be in a better over-all situation in life that I just have to listen to my soul’s needs.

When I started blogging April of this year, my husband helped me with most of the photos for my blog. His help aided my ability to stay consistent with the posts. Now, the dream we both have for our lives needs his focus and hands-on work. I don’t want to hault my progress with blog and fitness because of the circumstance so I’m taking this step to find other ways of getting “it” done 🙂


 

Though this blog is pretty much a site that talks about all kinds of things, it is mostly known for fitness. I have been meaning to share this with you guys and there’s no better time than now: My favorite 5 push-up variations.

Please note that I have been training for years. If you are not able to perform all of these exercises, it’s OK–now, you have a new goal to accomplish! 🙂

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FAVORITE 5: Pushup Variations

  1. Decline Pushups – the movement for this one is very similar to the traditional pushup. The only difference is: your feet is elevated. This puts more weight on your chest and arm muscles and allows more of your abdominal muscles to be involved.
    I like adding this in between my weight lifting exercises or as a burn out at the end. I suggest doing 15-20 in between exercises, or 3 sets of 25-30 seconds if you want to add it in you HIIT workout.
    decline
  2. Single Leg Pushups – again, like the traditional pushup movement–only with one leg. This exercise works your whole upper body, making it a very effective move to use to gain more strength. This pushup variation is actually easier to do than it looks which is a plus! 🙂 I like adding this in between my weight lifting exercises or as a burn out at the end. I suggest doing 10 (each leg) in between exercises, or 3 sets of 10 (each leg).
    single-leg
  3. Pushup Jacks – this exercise will surely get your heart pumping and your fat melting! Very much like the name, it follows the movement of a jumping jack–only, you aren’t standing! This move mostly works your core muscles but also works muscles a regular jumping jack and pushup would: chest, shoulder, hip flexors, calves, and your back. Talk about multi-tasking in fitness! 😉 I like adding this in between my weight lifting exercises or as a burn out at the end. I suggest doing 10-15 in between exercises, or 3 sets of 20-25 seconds if you want to add it in you HIIT workout.
    pjacks
  4. Spiderman Pushups – I feel like a total badass babe when I do this! It predominantly works your chest muscles but also puts a bit of emphasis on your core, hip flexors, lower back, triceps, and quads. I like adding this in between my weight lifting exercises or as a burn out at the end. I suggest doing 10-15 in between exercises, or 3 sets of 20-25 seconds if you want to add it in you HIIT workout.
    spiderman-pushups
  5. Dive Bomber Pushups – this is probably the most challenging among the variations in this list but also my very favorite! The movement looks so graceful and sexy–which to me is just the perfect combo. This move works your chest but also helps strengthen your shoulders, quads, glutes, hamstrings, mid and lower back, and your triceps. I like adding this in between my weight lifting exercises or as a burn out at the end. I suggest doing 5-10 in between exercises, or 3 sets of 20-25 seconds if you want to add it in you HIIT workout.
    dive-bomber


    And there it is, my friends. My favorite 5 pushup variations. Which one do you like best from the list and which one do you wish to improve on? If I didn’t mention your favorite, do share with me below in the comments as well.

    Until next time!
    xoxo,
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68 thoughts on “Favorite 5: Push-up Variations

  1. Girl… your body is the bomb… and pushups are my least favorite, oh… behind burpees… us ladies just aren’t as upper body strong, however, you have got it. When doing them “normal” I have to be careful to not hurt my shoulder… and try to do them with elbows in (more tricep) to protect. We did the spiderman ones at Kickboxing yesterday and.. omg.. killed.

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  2. The winnter has arrived and I’m starting to get lazy! So I want to thankyou for motivating me to do something to keep me fit!

    Much love, Tina

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  3. I love the variety you have here. Some look to be more difficult than others. So if someones just starting out, they can opt for a few more easy ones.

    I myself am a blogger too and still struggle to find the balance. It can be hard!

    Nina
    aworldofdresses.com

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  4. Until I read this Post, i never knew you were married (: . Well, from the 5 favourite push-up Variation you listed. Personally, i think the *Decline Pushups* is more severe and facinitating and am going for it *Katrina* thanks 4 sharing

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    1. I’ve been married for over a year now 🙂 It’s funny you only found out now bec I mention my husband often and you commented on a blog post regarding things I needed to improve on as a wife haha. Anywhoo thanks, Pospi!

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  5. You must be very strong! As I can barely do a press up (probably shouldn’t admit that) I love how you do it all in your garden too ☺️ Tishhlah x

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  6. Push-ups are the hardest for me. I can’t go beyond 10. That’s an improvement go me though, seeing as I couldn’t even do push-ups at all. I love burpees and squats. Will try the diver a Spider-Man routine.

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  7. The push-up jacks looks cool but I am so lazy about it. Its great because is somethinyou could do with very little space available even in your parlour.

    Brendascouch.com

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  8. Se manifique! Love the photo journal and descriptions. The Spiderman Pushups are my fav, hahah yeah you look badass doing them. I’m glad you’re posting more often and I hope you survive those changes that are happening in your life.
    I’m here to chat if you need to.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this! I seriously need to get in shape. I’m horrible at regular pushups (always have been) but I honestly think the dive bomber pushups because each position is yoga move that I’ve done many times before! I’m pinning this for future reference and thanks again

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  10. my daughter does variations of push ups that I know in a million years I could never do. I can’t even stoop and get up easily anymore, lolol!! True fact.

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