Push-ups are so beneficial and can target many muscle groups including your chest, shoulder, arms, glutes, and core. That makes them so popular for strength enthusiasts. Any guy who is trying to achieve massive strength and a hero physique will know how to do push-ups.
However, doing the same-old same-old techniques of push-ups may slow down your progress and make it too boring to do. Here are some ways to make push-up harder so you can have a more challenging game and better results:
PUSH-UP WITH BARS
Using a pair of push-up bars is the first easy way to spice up your push-up game. They allow you to do push-ups with a wider range of motion, which increase the challenge and help you get more out of every rep. Moreover, with push-up bars, your wrists don’t have to bend as far as when you do push-ups on the floor. This makes it easier on the wrists and helps prevent wrist pains.
DO ELEVATED PUSH-UPS
Simply place your feet on a stable surface (like a bench or a plyo box) and perform push-ups. The decline angle will require a greater contribution from your delts and move the emphasis to your upper pecs. The higher your feet are elevated, the more difficult this exercise becomes.
PUSH-UP ON AN UNSTABLE PLATFORM
Besides strength, the push-ups will be more about balance and body awareness when being done on an unstable platform. There are many options that you can choose including balance board, stability disc, or stability ball. Each of them has a different wobbling level, which triggers more stabilizing muscles to join the challenge.
Adding resistance is always a favorite way of weight fanatic. Put a weight plate on your back while doing push-ups and you will see how they become much more challenging. But as the weight can fall off your back, this exercise should be done under the supervision of a workout partner or personal trainer.
TRY SINGLE ARM PUSH-UPS
This is the ultimate level of push-ups that a lot of guys want to achieve. However, it’s rare to find a true master who can perform one-arm push-ups with perfect techniques. When doing this exercise, make sure to place the operating arm just below your chest and properly distribute the weight of your body. Put your free hand behind your back and perform the movements without jerking or swagging.