How to Do Push Ups and What Muscles They Work

Work out your upper body, no equipment needed.

What do push-ups/press-ups work?

Primarily the chest, shoulders and triceps.  Along with your core, neck, back, hips and legs to keep the body in alignment. Another bonus: The more muscles you work the more calories you burn!

Push Up Variations

  • You can do these on your knees or on your toes depending on your strength.

  • To target the chest and triceps use a wider grip.

  • To target the triceps use a closer grip and keep your elbows in.

  • To target the shoulders perform push ups with your hands on an incline.

Top of incline push-up. Eve Dawes WBFF Pro

Bottom of incline, narrow grip push-up. Eve Dawes

To target your core more, perform on one leg only and lift the other slightly.

Challenge your core with a 1 leg push-up. Fitness by Eve.

Tips on how to do push ups

  • Avoid injury by warming up with dynamic not static (held) stretches first and using correct form.

  • Remember to stay hydrated in the sun and on warmer days avoid working out during the hottest part of the day.

  • No equipment workout series: Starting with number 1! No Equipment Total Body Workout