Ann-Marie certainly worked hard on Monday, here are my very favourite press ups which open the pecs in 3 planes making them super functional! Yay! If you suffer with that little bit of softness just by your armpit you will love what these press ups do! They lengthen the pec maximally which will open your chest and get your back working as well, which means you will have long toned muscles and posture a ballet dancer would be proud of!
Simply start in a plank position, take your left hand up a hand space, left a hand space, then turn it away from you, then lower into your press up. try 5 on each side and notice the difference.
To make this a beginner friendly exercise try it on your knees or on the kitchen counter. Then to make it harder alternate each hand!
One of my lovely Bootcampers helped me out with some photos of Press Ups on Monday as my arms were too sore to move… so here are some moves to keep your press ups fun…
Doing a normal press up, lowering your weight fully to the ground will get a greater range of movement, get back up and lower again. The lowering phase of an exercise is always easier than the lifting phase as gravity helps out. You may have heard of negative sets before, this is simply where you only lower a weight, like jumping up into a pull up and slowly lowering down, on a bench press lowering and a partner assists getting the weight back to the top, well this is the same and will massively improve your strength, try doing a few of these every day and you will notice how much easier they get!
I love this one, it is a bit harder on the abs as we have extra rotation and lateral flexion of the spine. This can be done on the floor if your strong or just on the kitchen counter at home, simply rotate your left leg under your right, twist the body and lower and push back up! This will be great for anyone with tight pecs, so everyone really!
and do the same on the other side!
Good luck and enjoy! Keep moving lovely people!
Happy April Everyone!
It is finally starting to look like spring! With spring comes lovely salads, fruits, more outings and less clothing, so with the success of the 100 squats per day challenge last month I challenge you all to add 30 daily press ups!
You will notice beautiful toned arms or for the men, firmer pecs and generally feeling stronger and looking better, you may find your shoulders feel looser as a result of creating more movement around the scapular and you will also get your core switched on, bonus! Trim waistline here we come!
If your not convinced by the above I have one final thing to add… the time will pass anyway… those 30 days will be over in no time, so why not add in an extra minute of exercise every day and see how much better you feel!
I will post lots of variations on press ups over the month for you to try!
Let me know how you get on!