1. The push up is underrated in its capacity to build a muscular upper body physique. Probably because it’s a bodyweight exercise that you’ll “outgrow” in terms of strength. Luckily, there’s plenty of advanced variations to keep your body challenged and your muscles growing.
3. The push up is a compound exercise, meaning it is a multi-joint exercise that works multiple muscles. It also requires that your stabilizer muscles come out and play. It improves the strength of the chest, as well as the triceps, shoulders, and abs. It even hits the back, legs and glutes (albeit to a lesser extent), thus providing a full body workout.
4. As mentioned earlier, there are several ways to modify the bodyweight push up by simply changing your body position or utilizing equipment. This means that you can always have a productive push up workout regardless of your strength and experience level. You can make push ups easier by doing band-assisted, incline or knee push ups. Or you can make them harder by elevating your feet, wearing a weighted vest or using a stability ball, to name a few.
6. Even if you can bench press a mega amount of weight, it doesn’t mean doing push ups are a waste of time. To the contrary, they will actually improve your bench pressing strenth. Why? Because they train your stabilizer and core muscles muscles in a way the bench press doesn’t; you’re moving and controlling your body with your hands stationary. Whereas, the bench press involves moving weight with your body stationary.
8. If you’re looking to burn extra calories to become more chiseled than a Greek god statue, then you’re in luck. Push ups can be great as part of a cardio/endurance workout. However, you’ve got to first build up enough base strength where you can do at least 40-50 non-stop. Otherwise you’ll end up exhausting your muscles before exhausting your cardiovascular system.
9. Are you on vacation? Traveling? Don’t have access to a gym? No problem. You can get a decently intense upper body workout with push ups (add in pull ups to hit the back, too). They can be performed anywhere you find a safe surface!