Medicine Ball Pushups


Level:

Intermediate

Type:

Compound

Main Muscle:

Chest

Secondary Muscle:

Triceps

Shoulders

Equipment:

Yoga Mat (Optional)

Medicine Ball

Instructions:

1) Get in a push-up position. Keep your back straight and legs straight. Aim to not lift your butt in the air or slouch it down. You want to make a straight line from your head to your feet.


2) Place the medicine ball underneath your chest.


3) Position your hands on top of the medicine ball at about the level of your lower chest area.


Do not fully extend your elbow and keep a slight bend - otherwise you are taking away the tension from your triceps and putting it on your elbow joint.


4) Slowly lower yourself towards the ball . Keep your elbows close to your body and your back straight throughout the movement.


Stop just before your chest touches the floor.


5) Push yourself up back to your starting position. Squeeze the chest once you return to your starting position to add extra strain.


Tips:

- If the medicine ball shakes and feels unstable, that's the point. The instability from the medicine ball adds more strain on your chest and triceps.

- If you find this exercise hard - drop down on your knees instead of keeping your legs extended. This will take away some of the weight and will make the exercise easier to do.