September 15, 2008

Muscle-building Monday

Okay, I'll admit it -- I've been obsessed with push-ups lately. Ever since I started the push-up challenge over at hundredpushups.com, it's all I think about! I've got 2 weeks left to complete my 6 week journey, and I've already tripled my initial testing amount of push-ups. In light of that, here's your Muscle-building Monday idea!

Try this exercise 3 times a week, 4 sets of 6-8 reps, alternating sides.

One Foot Push-ups:

For this variation of the push-up you'll need to be in a formal push-up position; legs straight with toes on the floor (not on bent knees), stomach and chest on the floor, hands under your shoulders. As you push yourself up, keep your right foot in line with your glutes (rump) and shoulders. At the top of the move, your arms will be straight, your left foot (toes) will be on the floor, and your right leg, glutes, and shoulders will all be in a straight line parallel to the floor. Lower down to complete the rep (don't let your right foot touch the floor at all). Finish this set, then switch to complete a set with your right foot on the floor.

Keeping your leg in the air will help you concentrate on your form and help you move slower to really strengthen your chest muscles. For an added burn, squeeze your glutes together during your push-ups. OOOOOOOWEEEEEE!!!! Love that burn! Build your muscle and live well!

Have a great week guys!

4 comments:

Donnalouise, Donna or DC said...

ooohh....push-ups....I hate them so much. Wow, you go girl cause I'm running in the other direction :)

Live Well said...

I used to despise them as well DC! But I try to go through challenges head-on, knowing they won't go away until I face them.

Natster said...

I am ashamed!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to admit that I have started over twice on this goal. But... at least I have started over! Thanks for the inspiration

Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) said...

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