Building a better and healthier body is high on many men’s list of priorities, the trouble lies in knowing how to do it and finding the time. There are a lot of fancy, expensive gadgets on the market today and there is a good chance that there are a lot of high priced gyms around your neighborhood. Truth be told though – you don’t need any of them to begin building that better body. All you need to know is proper technique on a few simple calisthenics exercises – we’ll start with one of the absolute best, the pushup.
In the starting position of a traditional pushup your hands should be about shoulder width apart and your feet together with only your hands and toes touching the ground. Bend at the elbows to lower yourself down until your chest touches or until your upper arms are about parallel with the floor – once you hit the bottom position, raise yourself back up to the start (keep your body straight and tight throughout the movement).
When performed properly pushups effectively work your chest, shoulders, triceps (the back of your arm) and your core. They serve as an excellent, equipment free alternative to popular gym exercises the bench press that you can literally do anywhere and at any time – no membership dues, no driving to the gym and no waiting for machines.
Work your way up to 3-4 sets of 20-25 pushups on two or three non-consecutive days per week and you’ll be well on your way to building a leaner, more muscular upper body. Once you’ve become proficient in the “traditional” pushup you can mix things up by changing hand position (closer together to put more focus on the triceps) or elevating your feet to put more focus on the upper chest and shoulders.