Push-ups are the greatest home chest and triceps exercise you can do without equipment. Here is how to make them work when you mastered the basic push-up!
Push-ups are great. Drop to the floor and do them and you train your chest, triceps and many smaller muscles. Without the need for equipment.
But if you’ve done push-ups for a (long) while and can do 15, 20 or more, you know you’ve landed in the land of training muscular endurance and not strength or size.
With two small adjustments we can make push-ups work for you much, much longer! For those of you who want to keep building muscle without weights, this is what you should do:
Why I Still Use Push-Ups
At this point I’ve been training for six years and still do push-ups, using a combination of both methods: wide grip and added resistance.
Push-ups had been gone from my home workout plans for a time, but when I developed shoulder problems from bench pressing, their comeback was a sure thing. Push-ups are a lot easier on the shoulders and if you do them as described, they will do their part in developing your chest and triceps muscles.
For even more tips on how to get the best from your home chest and triceps training, check my complete list of home chest exercises and these five exercises that get the maximum from your triceps!