Pushups are good for you. Period. Not only does the movement engage a host of muscle groups – including chest, shoulders, upper back, triceps, forearms and core – but they will boost your all round athletic performance says US weightlifter Jeremy Frisch.
According to Frisch – owner of Achieve Performance Training – “your hands and feet are covered with sensors which provide feedback about limb position and alignment,” meaning that the more you engage your hands and feet in ground-based exercises, the greater the boost you will see in your all round athletic performance.
Here is the first of five alternative pushup movements you can do to become a better athlete:
Four-way Bear Crawl:
Get on all fours with your hips up and your knees bent 90 degrees with only your hands and feet touching the floor. Crawl forward for 5m, right for 5m, backward for 5m, and left for 5m to complete a full square. Repeat, reversing the directions.