For another variation on traditional pushups, the incline pushup offers more emphasis on the lower part of the chest. Elevating the upper body can also make traditional pushups a bit easier by taking some of the load off the upper body.
- Get into pushup position with the hands on a raised step or platform, slightly wider than the shoulders. Take the legs straight out behind you, resting on the toes.
- Make sure the arms are extended directly below the shoulders and bend the elbows, lowering into a pushup, keeping the neck in neutral alignment and lowering until your chest touches (or comes close to) the step.
- Push back to start without locking the elbows and repeat for 1-3 sets of 8-16 reps.