the big ques­tion What’s bet­ter: try­ing to do full push-ups on my toes, or nail­ing a push-up on my knees?

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An­swer

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. “Get­ting the full range of mo­tion in a push-up is ex­tremely im­por­tant be­cause if you don’t, you won’t be work­ing the mus­cle to its fullest po­ten­tial,” ex­plains per­sonal trainer Rikkilee Petrie. Trans­la­tion: drop that chest to the floor! 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 gym goal. “It’s a myth that you only get bet­ter at push-ups by do­ing pushups,” says Petrie. “A full push-up is an ad­vanced move that re­quires as­sis­tance from your en­tire body.” Bench presses, tri­cep dips and dumb­bell flyes 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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