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Basic move: One-legged push-up

  • Come into push-up position with knees on the ground.
  • Extend your left leg behind you to form a straight line from your head to your heel.
  • Bend arms until elbows are level with shoulders; push up and return to starting position.

Intermediate: Modified push-up tap

  • From kneeling push-up, bend arms so elbows are level with shoulders.
  • As you push up, reach left hand across chest and tap right shoulder.
  • Return your hand to the ground and go back to the starting position.
  • Repeat with your right hand.
  • For a challenge, do the move in full push-up position.

Advanced: Balance push-up

  • Come into one-legged push-up position with left knee on ground; extend left arm out to the side and slightly behind body at shoulder level.
  • Balancing on left knee and right palm, lower chest toward the floor.
  • Complete reps and repeat on the opposite side.



Originally published in Fitness magazine, May 2005.


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