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Build Complete Upper Body Strength

Author: Sandra Priorpushup1

Classic Push Ups are the Perfect Exercise for anyone wanting a Rock Hard Upper body

Sometimes it’s just not worth re-inventing the wheel. True classics are often underestimated, in fashion and music, as well as in workouts. Starting with the push up, we’ll give you the perfect form for each exercise, training tips, as well as variations to spice up your workout.

No other exercise targets the chest, shoulder, arm and back muscles better within one single movement. Plus, you can do push ups anywhere. All you need is your own body weight and gravity, and nature provides that for you. By the way, the world record for the classic push up is 6006 repetitions. Think you can beat that?

To Gain Optimal Training Results, follow these Tips

Try to hold body tension. The head, torso and legs should always form a straight line.

The closer the arms are together, the harder the triceps have to work.

Lower the upper body until you almost touch the floor with your chest.

To increase the strain on the chest muscles, position the arms further apart than shoulder width.

When pushing up do not fully extend the arms (greater intensity).

Easy Push up

Position yourself with knees on the floor, legs bent at the knee and ankles crossed. The hands should be at chest height and positioned just wider than shoulder width. Now push yourself up with your arms from this position. Important: Hold the upper body and torso in a straight line, avoiding a hollow back.

Basic Push Up

Place hands below the shoulders. Now come down slowly until the chest almost touches the floor. Do not straighten the arms on the upward movement. Important: Keep your back and bottom straight and don’t let them sink down lower than the shoulders.

Bent Push Up

Place hands shoulder width apart, with the tips of the toes elevated on a step or hard box. Maintain full body tension. Lower the upper body until contact is almost made with the floor. An excellent exercise for the upper chest muscles.

Step Push Up

For this combination shoulder exercise, put yourself in the initial push up position. Next, put your left hand on the step or hard box. Now place your right hand on the step. Hold this position for 3 seconds, and do a push up. Now go back to the initial position and repeat, this time beginning with the right hand.

Advanced Push Up

Place one hand on a basket ball. This will improve co-ordination as well as train the arm, upper body and torso muscles. Now slowly, and in a controlled fashion, do a push up. Change sides.

Physio Ball Push Up

Place hands on top, slightly at the side of the ball. Maintain body tension. Hold the position, then slowly push upwards maintaining control.

Explosive Push Up

Start this exercise with both arms on the steps or hard box. Push yourself up powerfully. Move your arms inwards, so that you can land in the lowest push up position. Repeat the explosive push up so that you once again land on the steps or box with both hands.

One Armed Push Up

Place your feet wide apart for better balance. Shift your weight onto one arm. The free hand should be placed on your hip. Start with a small radius and slowly improve range. It becomes easier if you start with the initial easy push up position and then lift one arm away.

Power Variations

Once you are able to control the classic varieties, change the position of your hands to increase the level of difficulty. Try to master the same number of reps on your finger tips.

Bodyweight Strength Training: Recommended For All-Purpose Strength

Author: Eddie Lomax

Mention strength training, and weight lifting or using machines immediately comes to mind.  But there are many types of strength, not just “maximum” strength.  I want to show you how bodyweight strength training is excellent for increasing each type of strength and why you should use your own bodyweight first and as an ongoing part of your strength training.

One-Hand-PushupSo, what is strength?

Well, a simple definition of strength is the capacity your body has to exert muscular and skeletal force against a resistance.  The resistance can be the weight of your own body,  the weight of something else or both.  So, the larger capacity you have to move your own body or a foreign object in your environment, the stronger you are.

And being stronger has its benefits:

-    You can do more with your body and objects you find in your environment
-    You reduce the risk of injury because of increased ability to control your body and other objects
-    You gain confidence knowing there is strength behind your movements
-    You can overcome the challenges of sport, work and life easier
-    And you look better because your strength is visually apparent in strong muscles

But the truth is, there are many different kinds of strength.  And I believe each one can be improved upon with bodyweight strength training.  Here we are going to look at the three main types of strength: maximal strength, explosive strength and strength endurance.

Bodyweight Training For Maximal Strength

Maximal strength is the amount of force that can be generated from one, all out effort, regardless of time or bodyweight.

Some people say weight training is best for maximal strength training, and for some exercises they are right.  However, many trainees are using weights to perform exercises because they can’t handle the weight of their own body.  For example, many men and women do Lat Pull Downs because they can’t do pull ups or chin ups.

There are many other bodyweight exercises that can build maximal strength.  How about one-arm pushups or one-leg squats as strength builders?  Most weight lifters can’t perform these exercises, regardless of the weights they use in their training.

Bodyweight Strength Training For Explosive Strength

Explosive strength is strength per unit of time, and is also known as speed strength.  So, this is how much force you can generate in the shortest amount of time.  In terms of bodyweight training, it means how fast you can move your body from one position to another.

Think of explosive movements like jumping squats or plyometric pushups where your body is propelled with such force it actually leaves the ground.  Is this type of strength important?  You bet it is!

Bodyweight Strength Training For Strength Endurance

Strength endurance is the amount of force you can generate for an extended period if time.  It is the ability to be as strong as possible as long as possible.  This type of strength is characterized by being able to perform a movement repeatedly without being overcome by fatigue or sacrificing form.

When you think of bodyweight strength training, this is normally the type of strength people think of.  Rhythmic, repeated bodyweight calisthenics for example builds strength endurance.

As you can see, there are a lot of different types of strength.  And you can train each one by using the weight of your own body.  No outside resistance is necessary.

Think of it this way.  The training you do is specific.  If you do a certain type of exercise, you become better at that exercise.  So, if you are training for all-purpose strength (which included maximal, explosive and endurance strength) where the object performing the movement is your own body, there is no better tool than bodyweight calisthenics.

Bodyweight strength training should be the starting point, and a continual part, of everyone’s over-all workout program.