Chest Exercises - More Strength Exercises for the Chest
By Paige Waehner, About.com Guide
Updated November 10, 2009
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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.