When it comes to arm workouts, the options are endless. Using resistance bands, weights, you name it, you’re able to work toward that all-over toned look. Despite there being a number of totally effective options available, one of the best doesn’t require a single piece of equipment: push-ups. And yoga phenom Hilaria Baldwin, for one, swears by ’em by for developing impressive strength without putting too much stress on the rest of your body.
Those standard push-ups, done from a plank position, are a great way to work your entire body; but the celebrity yogi actually prefers taking the from-the-knee route—especially for those just starting out. Don’t be fooled, though, into thinking the modification will make things easy. By the time you’re finished, your body will likely feel the burn. “Everyone’s afraid of push-ups, and it’s because we kind of just go for it. Doing push-ups on your knees is actually a really great way to make you strong,” Baldwin tells Today of why knee push-ups aren’t to be discounted.
Proper form is vital for getting the most out of your workout, so follow Baldwin’s outline for the perfect push-up: First get on your hands and knees and draw your navel in toward your spine with all your fingers facing forward. Then, make sure the insides of your elbows are facing forward as well. “As you bend down, your elbows are going to bend back. Keep your shoulders connected to your back, long through the back of the neck. You can start little by little—an inch down and an inch up—and every single day you’ll be able to get lower and lower,” she says.
“Everyone’s afraid of push-ups, and it’s because we kind of just go for it. Doing push-ups on your knees is actually a really great way to make you strong.” —Hilaria Baldwin
Eventually, you’ll be able to lower your nose to the ground, completing a perfect, full-form knee push-up. Then, you can start training for the full monty, with your arms—and really entire body—growing stronger by the day.
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