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Wide Arm Pushups

The pushup is a staple exercise which has practically been around since the dawn of time. A correctly performed pushup will help to tone your entire upper body – that means pecs, tris, lats, and even your hands. Pushups can be performed in just about any setting and require nothing other than a bit of space for movement. Perhaps the greatest aspect of pushups is their versatility – to put it in terms of a cheat-day metaphor, pushups are the potato chip of the exercise world – a million different preparations, yet almost all of them do the trick equally well.

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Today we’re looking at the wide arm pushup. Like most variations of pushup, the wide arm pushup alters pushup form in order to isolate certain muscle groups and work them a bit harder than the rest. In the case of the wide arm pushup, the chest and shoulders are made to work a bitmore. Additionally, if done correctly wide arm pushups will also put greater focus on your deltoids. The good news? All it takes to do a wide arm pushup is tweak your form slightly!

Wide Arm Pushup Directions

Begin in a plank position – from your heels to the tip of your head, you entire body should be in one plane.

Your hands should be directly beneath your shoulders – but now, take each of your hands a few inches wider.

Lower your upper body until your arms are bent at a 90 degree angle.

Now push back up.

Feel a bit different than a regular pushup? We thought so. Aim for about three quarters the amount of reps that you’d usually expect yourself to be capable of when doing traditional pushups – these wide arm ones are a bit harder for most people.

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