If you’re anything like me, you actively avoid exercises that look even remotely like a push-up. Let’s face it, planks and push-ups are difficult—especially for us women, whose strength tends to reside in the lower body.
However, when it comes to feeling great and preventing injury, the body must be strong uniformly. Attention to upper-body training is paramount to overall fitness.
My job as a Pilates instructor is to create physically challenging exercises that are also mentally engaging, helping the client to focus on form and flow while distracting them from the difficulty and discomfort of the movement. Traditional push-ups, despite their effectiveness, aren’t what I’d call “engaging.” The down-up drudgery can be a downer!
With that in mind, I’ve created some dynamic exercises, highlighted in my most recent mindbodygreen article, that most certainly aren’t your mama’s push-ups. These movements are certain to spice up your upper-body strength routine. Click below to read the full article, with step-by-step instructions on how to do each exercise: