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The push-up is definitely on the top 5 list of almost any fitness professional you’ll meet. There’s a good reason for the hype; the push-up works practically every part of your upper body with one swift motion … and some of your other parts too (look at those legs hovering above the ground) . The other amazing thing about the push-up, is that there are so many variations of this move. These subtle twists allow you  to hit various muscles differently.

First, let’s go over what the form should actually look like. This video of the push-up clearly defines the range of motion, as well as the form of what you should be doing.

Next, Let’s talk about the muscles that are involved in each push-up that you do:

  • Pectorals
  • Shoulders (Anterior, Medial, and Posterior)
  • Back
  • Abdominal
  • Biceps/Triceps

As you can see, the push-up works practically every muscle in your upper body. Try three of Fitz’s innovative push-ups in the video above and then try the variations below to work even MORE muscles:

  • Wide stance (feet)
  • Diamond (hands)
  • Close stance (feet)
  • Military