Primary muscles: Chest
Secondary muscles: Shoulders, abs, arms
Equipment: No equipment
Asymmetrical Push Up Instructions
1. Start in a push up position with your legs extended back and the hands below the shoulders.
2. Place your left forearm on the mat, with the elbow directly under the shoulder, and start bending your right elbow until your chest is just above the floor.
3. Push back to the starting position, repeat, and then switch sides.
Proper Form And Breathing Pattern
Maintain a neutral spine, engage your core muscles and keep your head in line with your torso, and your torso in line with your hips. Breathe in as you lower your chest, and breathe out as you push back up.
From the Shop
The asymmetrical push up is a modified version of the regular push up, that creates an element of instability, forcing you to engage your core to a greater degree. This exercise also strengthens your chest, shoulders and back, and helps to sculpt your upper body.
Asymmetrical Push Up Demonstration
Sets And Reps
Start with knee push ups or regular push ups and, once you’ve acquired proper exercise form, advance to asymmetrical push ups. Do 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions on each side.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing the asymmetrical push up, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise:
Related Upper Body Exercises
Try these other upper body exercises to tone, tighten and sculpt your triceps, biceps, chest, upper back and shoulders:
Elbow squeeze shoulder press
One arm triceps kickback
Bent over row press
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