push-ups building up the strength

So many women have trouble building up the strength, or just say they hate doing them and give up. It’s very important for women to have strong upper body strength.

It’s a big jump from knee pushups, where your knees touch the floor, to military-style presses, but there’s one simple tool that can help you bridge the gap: a staircase. Angled pushups are easier than those on a flat surface, and they build more strength in your shoulders, chest, arms, and core than pushups on your knees. Starting with step 1, practice until you can do 15 pushups without rest, and then move on to the next step.

Step 1

Stand facing a staircase with both feet flat on the floor a few inches in front of the bottom step. Place your hands shoulder-width apart on the front edge of a step so your body is roughly at a 45-degree angle to the floor. Keeping your abs tight and your body straight, slowly lower yourself, then push back up. Do 1 set of 15 (stop to rest for 30 to 60 seconds at any time if you need to).

Step 2

Position your feet about 6 inches away from the stairs and place your hands one step lower. Again, aim for 15 pushups, and take 30 to 60 ­second breaks as you need them.

Step 3

Repeat the move, but this time back your feet a few more inches away from the stairs and lower your hands another step. Repeat until you run out of stairs and can do 15 on the floor.

 

Good luck with your workouts, fitties!

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