What’s Actually Better: Full Push-Ups Or Modified Push-Ups?

The modified version is hardly the easy option...


Women's Health |

What’s better: trying to do full push-ups on my toes or nailing push-ups on my knees, aka modified push-ups? We got the low-down.

Glad you asked…

While it can feel like a cop-out to stay on your knees when everyone else is casually busting out 20 on their toes, this modified version is hardly the easy option. In fact, if it feels that way, you’re probably not doing it right.

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“Getting the full range of motion in a push-up is extremely important because if you don’t, you won’t be working the muscles to their fullest potential,” explains fitness instructor Rikki-lee Petrie. Translation: drop that chest to the floor!

Nailed it?

Once you’ve nailed the technique on your knees, start adding in one or two push-ups on your toes in each set, concentrating again on depth. And don’t overlook the rest of your muscles if full push-ups are your ultimate goal.

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“It’s a myth that you only get better at push-ups by doing push-ups,” says Petrie. “A full push-up is an advanced move that requires assistance from your entire body.” Bench presses, triceps dips and dumbbell flies are a few ways to get your upper body strong.

The bottom line?

All variations of push-ups have their place. Listen to your body, take your pick and push it real good.

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