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 fifth of five alternative pushup movements you can do to become a better athlete:
Elevated Bird Dog Reach:
Get down on all fours with your hips up and your knees bent 90 degrees but only your hands and feet touching the floor. Raise your right arm and left leg until they’re straight and in line with your body. Return to the starting position. Repeat with your left arm and right leg. That’s one rep. Do eight to 10.