Hopefully last week you perfected the form of body-weight squats. This week we'll give those legs a break and focus on toning those arms. This weeks' exercise of the week is; Incline Push-ups.
Proper form: Assume a plank position, but place your hands on a raised surface- such as a box, bench, ottoman, a step, or chair- instead of the floor. Keep your hands under your shoulders and a little further than shoulder width apart. Your body should form a straight line from your ankles to your head (1st image above). Keeping your body stiff, lower your body until your upper arms dip below your elbows. Pause, and then push yourself back to the stating position as quickly as possible (2nd image above).
**The higher the surface on which you place your hands, the easier the exercise becomes - you can even lean against a wall if you need.)
**If the incline push-up is too easy, do it the old-fashioned way, with your hands on the floor.
Do 12-15 repetitions, rest and repeat.
Muscles Impacted: A typical push-up works your chest, shoulders, triceps and back muscles. However, with the inclined position your lower chest and back muscles are activated and receive the most attention.
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