The pushup is one of the most classic exercises of all time when done in its regular form. That said, pushups also have more variations than any other exercise you can do.
In the above video, you will learn 33 pushup variations of all ability levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) so that you can always have a version of this exercise that you can use to challenge yourself.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is getting complacent with their workout routines. This is never more obvious than when someone cranks out rep after rep of regular pushups when their strength has since far exceeded that. It is critical at this point that you aim to perform harder pushup variations in order to keep the gains coming.
Here I show 33 different kinds of pushups that help you to build strength, size, power, coordination and even endurance and stamina. Depending on the pushup exercise you choose, you can favor one of these attributes or multiple at the same time. The important thing to consider is that you need to identify your starting point. We don’t all start from the same level on any exercise, let alone the pushup.
Some people can literally not do a single pushup from their toes as they are a beginner and just starting out. That is perfectly fine. Here you would want to focus on the first eleven of the pushup variations shown. Most of these are done from the knees which makes them easier by helping to unweight a good portion of the body and require you to lift less during the exercise. You will notice that even here there are some plyometric versions as well to ensure that you can still work the explosiveness that you may have thought was reserved only for more advanced trainees.
Next, in the intermediate category you have eleven more pushups that are more difficult than the first group. You may find that you can do some of the exercises in this group but not all. That is fine too. You want to try and pick the version of the pushup that challenges you now. That is the one you want to work on improving. Before you know it, you will be doing the advanced versions of pushups and getting a bigger chest and stronger upper body and core.
Finally, those advanced pushup exercises are no joke. There are all kinds of challenges built into this group as you will see. Some will require a heavy dose of coordination in addition to the strength which makes it a very athletic option for pushups. Others will require brute strength and power to be able to lift your body off the ground high enough to dab or perform the superman.
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