Push Up, Tricep (Lv 1)

 

Difficulty:

2

Equipment Needed:

Mat, No Equipment

Workout type:

Low Impact, Strength Training, Toning

Body focus:

Instructions

Start on your hands and knees with your hands directly under your shoulders. With your weight evenly distributed between your hands and knees, drop your hips so that your back makes a straight line from shoulder to knee. Bend your elbows back towards your sides, slowly lowering your body to the ground. Keep your elbows squeezed to your sides so that your upper arms slide against the side of your rib cage. Get as close to the ground as you can without touching or letting your back bow or arch, then slowly press back up through the palm of your hand until your arms are almost straight. Down and up is one repetition.

Purpose of the exercise

This version of a Push Up effectively tones and firms one of the trickiest muscles to target; the tricep muscles. The tricep version of this home exercise also varies from the traditional push up by shifting the focus from the center of the pectorals (chest muscles), to the lower portion of the pectorals. As is true with any push up, the Tricep Push Up is a great upper body exercise, but it also serves as a great total body exercise as well. Due to both the quantity and size of muscles called upon to complete this bodyweight exercise, this move burns a significant amount of calories.

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