Are you trying to improve upper body strength?
Push-ups may be an exercise you’ve considered, but might have been a little hesitant to try… After all, push-ups can be tough!
While a push-up is excellent for targeting multiple muscle groups, such as the triceps, core, and chest muscles, a floor push-up can be quite a challenge. This is especially true if you have concerns about getting up and down from the floor, or maybe have tried push-ups before and it puts a lot of pressure on your wrist, elbow and shoulder joints.
Now, don’t give up on the push-up altogether… Instead, try a wall push-up!
A wall-push up provides the same benefits as a regular push-up on the floor, but is less straining and places less pressure on the joints.
So, let’s take a look at how to do this star exercise of the week!
Step 1: Starting Position:
- Find an open space of wall to stand in front of.
- Position yourself about 2-3 feet from the wall.
- Keeping your feet in place, stretch your arms forward and place the palms of your hands on the wall (you should be positioned in a small incline now).
Step 2: Lower Self Towards the Wall:
- Keeping the elbows tucked by your side, allow the elbows to bend.
- Slowly lower yourself towards the wall.
- Make sure to keep your core tight and avoid hyperextending the low back.
Step 3: Push-Up:
- Once you’ve lowered yourself towards the wall, push back up by straightening your elbows.
- Repeat the push-up 10-15x for 2-3 sets.
Tip: If this feels too easy, you can always begin further away from the wall to increase the angle of your incline. If that still feels too easy, then instead of the wall, you can choose another surface to do your push-up from, such as a countertop.
Enjoy the new exercise!