I love push-ups. They are one of the best strength training moves out there. Not only do they sculpt your upper body and back, but they also tone your core. Here's a variation that will target your triceps more than regular push-ups since your elbows are in against your body instead of out wide. This exercise will make you stronger, and it's also a great prep for the yoga pose called Crocodile.
This is a pretty difficult exercise, so if you're up for the challenge keep reading.
- Begin in a top of a push-up position with your arms and legs straight and your hands underneath your shoulders. Draw your abs in to keep your core stable.
- Take a breath in and as you exhale, lower your body by bending your elbows behind you (not out to the side). Then quickly push off the ground to jump your upper body off the floor. Do five jumps.
- Then hold your upper body hovering parallel to the ground in 4-Limbed Staff, and jump your feet off the floor five times.
- Come back to a top of a push-up position and repeat this exercise four more times. If you need to, take a break between each one.
This might seem obvious, but I feel the need to state it anyway. If you have issues with your wrists or lower back, this might not be an exercise for you. Stick with basic planks; they are plenty challenging on their own.