Exercise How-To: Chair/Bench Push Ups

Chair/Bench Push Ups: Stand facing bench or sturdy elevated platform. Place hands on edge of bench or platform, slightly wider than shoulder width. Position forefoot back from bench or platform with arms and body straight. Arms should be perpendicular to body. Push body up until arms are extended. Repeat.

I like this variation for a few reasons.

  1. It works for people with high blood pressure who may get dizzy doing regular push ups.
  2. It is more difficult than doing a push up against the wall, but it is still easy enough that you can push out at least ten repetitions.
  3. You can perform this variation anywhere – on the foot of your bed, using a chair, a bench at the park, the end of the slide at the playground, the seat at the airport, or the edge of your desk at work…gives you no excuses NOT to do push ups at least a few times per day!

Here is a great photo from health.com. I particularly like this photo because it looks like the model is on a pier…I LOVE the beach and always enjoyed jogging down the pier. And…if you click on the link to health.com, you’ll see tons of different variations for the push up so you can further challenge yourself as you progress! Yay!

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