12 of the craziest martial arts push-ups we’ve ever seen

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pushups are a barebones muscle-building exercise that’s incorporated in nearly every major athlete’s training program because they work. Simple as that.

The crazy push-ups in this video may be too hard for some of us right now, but with some training and practice, they can be done, as you’ll see.

Push-ups target your arms, chest, and core, serving as one of the most efficient bodyweight movements you can do. Better yet, you can crank them out anywhere, anytime and
easily up the intensity by changing the elevation, adding equipment, moving your hand and feet positioning, even adding instability.

12 of the CRAZIEST push-ups we've EVER seen!

12 of the CRAZIEST push-ups we’ve EVER seen!

Actually, it’s best you add some variety; exercise tedium is as bad for your motivation as it is for your muscles.

Push-ups are basic strength-building total body exercises that strengthen the upper body and improve the core strength. Several muscle groups in the chest, arms, shoulder, triceps, back, and neck work simultaneously during a push-up. Push-ups are performed in a prone position, which can help develop a good posture.

Military personnel and athletes do push-ups as part of exercise regimen that helps strengthen the upper back and shoulder while providing stability to the torso, and
promote muscle endurance and overall fitness. It is considered the ultimate body-weight exercise because there are different kinds of push-ups you can do depending on your strength and stamina.

Check out these crazy push-ups below!

Various muscles in the upper body work together during a push-up. The main muscles targeted are:

Pectoralis major
Triceps brachii
Serratus anterior
Abdominal muscles

Pectoralis Major. These are the two large chest muscles primarily the pushing muscles of the upper body. It makes up most of the upper body. As you raise and lower your body during a push-up, the pectoralis major is doing most of the work to raise and lower your body.

Deltoids. These are the shoulder muscles helping the pectoralis major to push the body during a push-up. Although they are a weaker muscle group, they are crucial to all movements of the shoulder. The rounded shoulder look is due to a well-defined deltoid.

Triceps Brachii. Triceps are situated at the back of the upper arm and help in extending the arm outward. It makes up about two-thirds of the upper arm mass and is most exerted muscle during push-ups.

Serratus Anterior. The serratus anterior lies under the armpit at the back of the chest. The muscles give the scapula a winged look. These muscles are activated during a push-up and doing regular push-ups strengthens the serratus anterior muscle helping in smooth movements during exercises.

Coracobrachialis. The coracobrachialis runs from the shoulder blade to the upper arms. During a push-up, the coracobrachialis pushes the upper arm against the body, which is essential to perform a push-up. A well-developed coracobrachialis muscle is necessary for building upper body strength.

Abdominal Muscles. The core strength develops as the abdominal muscles are engaged in a push-up. As the body is held in a prone position, the abdominal muscles help the body brace itself.

[sources: md-health.com, mensfitness.com]