Tips from the Pros

Explosive Push-Ups: An Exercise that Takes Some Guts!

We know you’re always craving more from your workout program. That’s why you’re going to love explosive push-ups, a strength training exercise you’ve probably never heard of before. It’s so effective that you’ll feel like a true athlete in no time as it chisels your chest and delts. We’ll tell you how to do this exercise correctly to feel in complete control of your body.

HOW TO DO EXPLOSIVE PUSH-UPS

Explosive push-ups are for push-up lovers who are ready to step up their game and switch up their experience with this exercise. This exercise is better for FizzUp users who have already reached a higher fitness level. We’ve included it in the “Become an Athlete” workout program because with you’ll build power throughout your body and perfect your technique in a more advanced area of fitness training. It will turn your body into a powerhouse that can take on any physical demand.

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Starting position: Get into the traditional push-up position.

The right movement: Keep your feet together as you lower your body until your chest touches the floor. Next, explosively push up off the floor with enough energy so that your hands leave the floor slightly. Make sure to soften your landing before returning to the starting position. Repeat to continue the set.

TIPS FROM THE TRAINER ON EXPLOSIVE PUSH-UPS

“Contract your abs to keep your back straight”: The more you keep your body straight and engaged, the easier and more effective the exercise will be.

“Anticipate and soften your landing to protect your wrists”: You don’t have to do this exercise with a wide range of motion in order for it to be effective. Make sure to keep your wrists flexible as you start by barely pushing your hands up off the floor. This is the best technique for this exercise. Then as you build strength and power, you can clap your hands as they’re in the air.

“Exhale as you push up”: The FizzUp trainer couldn’t stress this enough! Breathing plays a key role as you do strength training exercises. Synchronize your movements and breathing to help you through.

MUSCLES WORKED WITH EXPLOSIVE PUSH-UPS

Explosive push-ups effectively improve the muscles in your upper body without any equipment at all. They actively work your delts, triceps and pecs.

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They build power, explosiveness and strength just with your body weight. You’ll also work your abs, serratus anterior and forearms.

VARIATIONS OF EXPLOSIVE PUSH-UPS

To chisel every part of your chest, switching up your exercises to work different muscles is key. Changing the distance between your hands helps you strengthen different areas of your pecs, arms and shoulders. You can make the exercise harder or easier depending on how you position your feet. Never rush through the exercise. It’s better to take your time because a slower exercise works your muscles more effectively.

Hindu push-ups: This is the perfect exercise to learn how to have complete control over your body and spice up a workout that’s already pretty intense. Start by getting into the downward dog yoga pose, with your body forming an upside-down “V” shape. Your hips should be over your head. In a slow and controlled movement, lower your body so that your hips move toward the floor and your head and chest move upward. Your legs should be straight. Then do the opposite movement. Extend your arms out in front of you to lift up your chest and return to the starting position.

Offset push-ups: Give traditional push-ups a rest and try this fun variation that really packs a punch. To do this exercise correctly, you need to keep your chest perfectly straight. Get into the traditional push-up position and place your hands on the floor slightly wider than shoulder-width. Next, bend your elbows as you inhale and lower your chest to the right. Slowly return to the starting position as you exhale and push up until your arms are straight again. Then lower your chest to the left.

Intensify and spice up your FizzUp workouts with explosive push-ups. You can give them a try when you switch goals at the beginning of your next level. You’ll be surprised when you see how quickly they sculpt and tone all your body’s muscles.

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