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Chest Exercises - More Strength Exercises for the Chest

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Updated November 10, 2009

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Modified Incline Pushups
Modified Incline Pushups
Paige Waehner
This modified version of incline pushups offers yet another way to vary your pushups. This version is perfect if you need more support before moving on to full pushups. Elevating your upper body and keeping the knees on the floor allow you to build strength and practice your form if you're finding it difficult to do pushups on the floor. Remember to keep the back straight and the neck in neutral alignment throughout the movement, rather than bending at the hips.
  1. Get into pushup position with the knees down and hands on a raised step or platform, slightly wider than the shoulders.
  2. 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 the back straight.
  3. Lower down until the chest touches (or comes close to) the step.
  4. Push back to start without locking the elbows and repeat for 1-3 sets of 8-16 reps.

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