All Kinds of Push-ups (Part Two)

The push-up is one of the most versatile exercises out there. Whether you are a novice or an experienced athlete, push-ups ought to be a staple of your fitness regimen. I already showed you some push-up variations that you can do with just your body weight. Today I’m giving you some options that involve a few pieces of basic equipment.

Medicine Ball Push-ups

Medicine balls are one of my favorite pieces of exercise gear because they’re easy to travel with and have many applications. When you place your hands and/or feet on a medicine ball during a push-up, you’ll have to further engage your core musculature to keep from falling off. Adding multiple medicine balls will make it even more challenging. (For example: hands on one ball, feet on a second ball.)

Stability Ball Push-ups

Stability balls can be used to facilitate additional engagement of the core muscles during the push-up as well. While the basic idea is the same as the medicine ball push-up, the stability ball has a different feel to it and can provide its own unique challenge. Furthermore, putting your feet on a large stability ball will change the angle of your push-up, requiring additional upper-body strength as well as added core stability.

Suspension Straps

Another way to add a stability component is to use suspension straps or gymnastics rings. Performing a push-up with your hands or feet in straps requires balance, strength and total body control.

Remember, these suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg. There are endless ways to mix up your routine. Don’t be afraid to experiment for yourself and discover new challenges.

Watch the video below to see me demonstrating these variations at Nimble Fitness in NYC.

8 thoughts on “All Kinds of Push-ups (Part Two)

  • By Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) -

    These are great ways to spice up a workout! Thanks for the tips.

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    You're welcome, Mimi!

  • By JavierC -

    Al, I've been checking out your blog fo' a minute now and between you and Mr. Sisson I got all the info I've been looking for. I hope you are aware of even half of the impact you have on everyday guys like myself. Keep it up!!!!

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Thanks, Javier. Comments like this one keep me aware!

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  • By Chris -

    Okay, I’ve got a pushup for you! Awhile back I stumbled on this plank/push up that neither myself nor any of my friends can do. We’re definitely nowhere near you’re level of core strength, but we’re all dedicated snowboarders and are used to hucking rotations all day. You take an indo board, (or an old skate deck and a plastic 2liter bottle) and do your push ups balancing on the deck while your feet are elevated on the balance ball! So far I can’t even hold a plank on it, let alone knock out a push up. What do you think?

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Yeah that sounds like a tough variation, Chris!

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