By Laura Briggs
Wide Press Up: Think standard press up; just move your hands further out to the side, past your shoulders. Do 15 of these press ups – this is a set, followed by a 1 minute rest. Complete three sets and do this exercise three times a week.
One arm press up: With one arm raised up on a box about 10cm high and the other on the floor, perform a press up and then alternate arms. This counts as one rep. Aim for 15 reps in a set, and then four sets. You should be resting for one or two minutes between each set. Do this exercise two-three times a week.
Elevated press up: This one requires you to raise your legs by putting them up on a chair or even up the stairs if you can, while you perform a press up keeping your legs straight. Do 15 press ups to a set, and then five sets. Have a break of a minute in between. This one should be done two-three times per week.
When you’ve mastered these three simple techniques, you can get really tough on yourself and do them as a circuit. One set of each exercise one after the other, then repeating four times.
If you can handle it, then you’ll soon have pecs like an Adonis!
A very very tough one is press ups with dumbbells in each hand. When you raise back up lift a dumbbell with one hand to your shoulder height and at the same time lift your diagonally-opposite leg. Lower, then do the same on the other side.
not sure I want to look like an Adonis, but the old 'I must, I must...' would be helped by this. If I can avoid going splat on the floor, that is.
The elevated press up is a killer, I once managed about 5 but not keen on trying again! One arm press ups on the other hand build up a good sweat without the exhaustion from carrying out just one exercise.
i remember my dad doing press ups in a handstand position. Guess he won't be doing it now at nearly 70 - but he still has very strong arms.
may be a while before I get beyond 'easy' - but it's a start!