We've already explained why the push-up belongs in your fitness routine, but if you've grown weary of the standard method, weblog Art of Manliness has rounded up "the ultimate push-up guide" with 35 variations on the classic exercise including "The Hindu" and "Dive Bomber".
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Concerning "The Hindu" push-up, Art of Manliness says the technique has been used for centuries and "consists of a dynamic full body movement that will build strength and flexibility in your chest, shoulders, back, hips, and triceps".
Watch the above video to see the method in action. Two things to keep in mind when applying this technique:
- Make sure to get a good stretch in your back.
- The first time you perform a Hindu Push-up you might find yourself falling on your face during the initial descent.
If you're looking to give your muscles even more of a workout, try "The Dive Bomber" push-up, which is performed exactly like The Hindu, except upon returning to the starting position, "you follow the same swooping motion you make on the descent in reverse".
A third variation is "The Tiger," which combines The Hindu and Dive Bomber. The Tiger focuses on your triceps and, if positioned properly, should look like an upside down V.
Browse the full post for the entire list of push-up variations—complete with videos—and if you're looking for a push-up plan, check out previously mentioned One Hundred Push-Ups for details on how to go from 0 to 100 push-ups in a matter of six weeks. Still prefer doing crunches over push-ups? Here's why you should switch gears and ditch the crunches now.
The Ultimate Push-up Guide: 35+ Push-up Exercises [Art of Manliness]