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6 Ways to do the Push-up, for a Sexier Body!

Who says that push ups are only for men? Ladies, if you want a sexier, toner and hotter body and Abs, do push ups! God know’s it strengthens your core and makes you super sexy. Some people add to the mix supplements to get more cuts, but the pushup is probably the first muscle-building exercise workout freaks master, and also the first one they abandon. Why? because there are so many other distractions. But no, I say.. stick with the push ups! I like doing Push ups on vacation with the hubs. We go for muscle burn and the sea/beach is a great place to cool off once we are done!

Here are SIX of those variations here. Try to complete 10 reps of each, i.e. 60 pushups total. Do this first thing in the morning, and see if it does not pay off;)

gawd.. sun in my eyes.. i’m so knackered from beach push ups, can you tell? hmm.. time for a dip..

1. Standard Pushup

The standard pushup works your chest, shoulders, triceps, and core. You should kneel down on all fours and place your hands slightly beyond shoulder-width apart. Set your feet together and straighten your arms and legs. Your body should form a straight line from ankles to head. Keeping your elbows pulled in toward your sides, lower your chest to an inch above the floor, and press back up. That’s 1 rep.

2. Leg-Kick Pushup

This push up activates more muscle in your chest and shoulders than a standard pushup does. It also helps develop strength and flexibility in your hip flexors, glutes, and hamstrings. Assume a pushup position, and then lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Kick your right leg out to the side as close to a 90-degree angle as possible without bending your knee. Pause, and move your leg back to the starting position. Push your body back up, and repeat with your left leg. You will feel your body shake with the effort but trust me, the pain is super addictive!

3. Knee-to-Opposite-Elbow Pushup

This one employs rotation to work your abdominal muscles, hip flexors, and back in addition to targeting your chest and triceps. Assume a pushup position, but form fists with your hands so your knuckles are flat against the floor. Bring your right knee to your left elbow, and pause before returning your leg to the starting position. Now lower your body as you would for a standard pushup. Push back to the starting position and repeat, this time bringing your left knee to your right elbow.

4. Corkscrew Pushup

This one is a killer for the quads, calves, and core in addition to all the upper-body muscles activated when you do a standard pushup! Assume a pushup position, but walk your feet toward your hands until your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle, with your hips slightly higher than your head. Lower your left side close to the floor by rotating your body and bending your elbows. Pause, and then rise slightly and rotate your right side to the floor. Pause again, and push back up to the starting position. That’s 1 rep.

5. Uchi Mata Pushup

This one is nuts! It increases activation of your core, lower back, and hamstrings while also boosting demand on the muscles in your shoulders. From a pushup position, lift your right foot so your leg is parallel to the floor. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Now raise your lifted leg higher into the air. Push back to the starting position. Do half your reps, switch legs, and finish your set.

6. Alternating Grip Single-Leg Pushup

And finally, if you’re still with me.. this final one works your lower-abdominal muscles and places more demand on your chest and serratus anterior, an important posture muscle that runs from your chest and along your rib cage to your shoulder blade. Place your right hand in a standard pushup position, but move your left hand a few inches forward (like the comodo dragon, only static). Raise your right leg and then lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor. Push back to the starting position. Do half your reps, then switch arms and legs and finish your set.

Well done ladies.. sit back, take a break, and enjoy your sexy ripped body. You deserve it!

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4 Responses to 6 Ways to do the Push-up, for a Sexier Body!

  1. Nadeen Boman June 27, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    I love it! Thanks for the wicked push up 6 pack. Would love to see pictures or better yet, video, of these moves. Is there a YouTube link?

    Nadeen Boman
    Trainer + Nutrition Coach

    • ciki June 27, 2012 at 5:36 am #

      Yeah, but you will need to wait for me to get a camera man to film ME, doing them all! haha! Where can i get one?!!

  2. missyblurkit November 25, 2012 at 3:26 am #

    Now that is seriously some hard work for a killer body! Ciki…a video please like what Nadeen mentioned.

    • ciki November 25, 2012 at 7:50 am #

      LOL.. you come video me, can?! 😛

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