Pump up your upper body with this Home Exercise of the Week! The Side to Side Pushup is another great body weight exercise that will target your chest, shoulders, and triceps as well as promote shoulder mobility.
There are a few different versions of this exercise that you can do depending on your fitness level. In the video, I show the basic regressed version that would be ideal for beginner to intermediate levels. If you are an absolute beginner though, I would recommend just doing a straight up and down pushup from the knees without the side to side movement.
Let’s take a look at the key points to doing the Side to Side Pushup properly.
- assume the pushup position from your knees or toes but instead of having your hands shoulder width apart, keep them together directly underneath your upper chest
- make sure your body is perfectly straight (don’t stick your butt up in the air) and pull your belly button in towards your spine to keep your abs tight
- move one hand to your side while keeping your other hand and feet or knees stationary
- keep your body straight while performing the pushup and return to the starting position in the middle as you come up
- repeat on the other side
So there you have the Side to Side Pushup. Like I said, there are a few different versions and if you want more of a challenge then do the pushup from your toes instead of your knees. For an even more advanced version, you can move one foot to the side at the same time as your hand. This does take a good amount of coordination and strength however so make sure you are comfortable with the easier versions first before attempting this one!