Push ups is a calisthenics exercise which is probably the most famous exercise ever. It has a large number of variations and focuses on strengthening the upper body and core along with the triceps. Being able to do nth number of push up exercises and variations is something that almost every fitness freak longs to boast about and there is a reason why it is such a hard feat.
For a woman or an overweight man, it is very hard in the beginning as this exercise requires the contraction of the upper body muscles, and women in general tend to have less upper body strength. Also, when men tend to turn obese, they start losing muscle concentration in the upper body, more than in their lower body. The benefits of push ups is that it can counter act all of these problems and control you fat deposits.
However, with some patience and perseverance, this exercise can be easily done by anyone looking forward to get fitter. The first and foremost requirement is that you need to be mentally ready in order to be completely exhausted and still have enough strength left to push yourself up farther.
That being said, let’s get started.
When you are starting off, you can do a half push up, also known as the girl pushups.
1. Girl pushups:
During this step, you need to place your knees on the mat as shown in the picture and then lower yourself to the ground just like in a normal pushup pose, but you have the support of the knees to give you more balance. You can keep doing these pushups until you can do around 10-15 sets without feeling winded and then you can move on to standard pushups and then on to further extreme variations.