Last week, I wrote about starting the “100 Pushup Challenge” and about some of the challenges I have faced in the past when trying to attempt it.
I haven’t done pushups every single day, but since I started on July 2nd, 2015, I’ve improved my strength by 5 pushups! Not too bad for an old geezer.
I’ve been doing more than just pushups, too. Got the dumbbells out and have been doing some light workouts with them, including dumbbell squats, bicep curls, reverse curls (love having a strong forearm), shoulder presses, and various other exercises for the lats and triceps.
One of the things I’ll be incorporating into my routine are some other pushup variations. I was hunting around for some ideas and came across a website which had some ideas about working the lats as well as the obliques when doing this exercise. Ha! I am pretty sure they won’t be very easy the first time I give them a go, but that’s ok. I am prepared for the challenge!
So how does one work lats and obliques while doing pushups? Well, lats are fairly straightforward: You use dumbbells to do your pushups on (and you can actually get a deeper workout keeping your hands above the floor and then lowering your torso further), and on each repetition, when you raise your torso, you then raise one arm while holding a dumbbell.
Obliques are a bit different, and perhaps it’s all better explained with photos. If you’re not sure what I mean, check this out here: http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/back-exercises/killer-combo-push-row