The grueling gold standard for at-home workouts, push-ups have earned both a dreaded and respectable position in every fitness regime. With its ability to target and enhance major muscle groups in your upper body including your pectoral muscles, triceps, and your shoulders, you would be remiss to skip out on doing your reps.
But if you find that regular push-ups come too easily for you (in which case we’ll admit that we’re jealous), here’s a twist on the exercise that will kick up your workout routine: a tiger push-up.
Just as intimidating as they sound, tiger push-ups raise the bar by targeting the triceps and shoulders specifically in its movements. But being a substantially more challenging exercise to execute, be sure that you nail your form down before attempting any ambitious number of reps.
To start, get into a regular pushup position by laying face-down with your palms pressed against the ground. Then slowly slide your palms back, until your elbows are right under your shoulders. Now with your elbows tightly pinched against the sides of your body, draw a breath in and tilt your body forwards until it reaches a slight downwards angle by about 15-degrees.
Now that you’re locked and loaded, keep your forearms balanced as you brace your core. Your biceps should be making contact with your forearms before you begin your first rep, pushing up and feeling your triceps deliver that surge of strength as you reach the top of the movement. Exhale as you lower yourself, and repeat the exercise as necessary.
Given the challenging nature of this exercise, do not exert your body beyond reason. You’ll feel a deep ache spring forth from your arms, core and back much sooner than you’d expect to, so be aware when it happens!
How many tiger push-ups can you see yourself doing?
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