How To Do A Push-Up T

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Chris Freytag demonstrating a Push-Up T wearing a workout top and pants.

Who doesn’t love a good Push Up? Push-ups are a great way to tone multiple muscle groups all at the same time, and they doesn’t require any extra equipment! You can’t beat that! Once you think you’ve mastered regular Push Ups, try mixing it up with some new variations to add an extra challenge! Learning how to do a Push Up T will increase your strength, balance, and flexibility to reveal nice toned muscles! We love this Push Up T because in one fluid motion you will work your biceps, triceps, chest, shoulders, and core! With this new variation now your obliques will feel the burn too! The great thing about this move is that you can always make it more or less challenging, depending on your fitness level! Holding some dumbbells in each hand will make it harder while dropping down to your knees will lessen the challenge!

When doing your push-ups, make sure to drop your elbows all the way down to 90 degrees and don’t let those elbows go out to the side- keep them tight by your sides! Using the best form possible ensures that you will get the maximum effect of this exercise! After completing a push-up, raise your right hand towards to sky to get into Side Plank position, making sure to keep your spine and neck in a straight line. Your body should look like a capital T, hence the name Push Up T! Don’t over-rotate your torso when you press up into a T position or you could cause some discomfort in your lower back from the hyperextension. One rotation to each side counts as a total of one repetition- you can do as many as you want! Do this exercise on both sides and before you know it you will have a toned tummy and strong arms! For something different try our 28-day Push-Up Challenge and see what you can do!

1) Begin in a plank position with hands below shoulders, legs long and abdominals tight so your body is in a straight line.

2) Bend elbows lowering chest to the ground, keeping gaze in front of fingertips.

3) Press chest back to start position and open right hand and hip to the ceiling so you end up in a side plank position. Feet stay staggered and legs long.

4) Rotate right hand back to start position and repeat exercise, this time opening the left hand into side plank. This is one repetition.

5) Continue for desired number of repetitions.

Targets: arms, shoulders, core

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