Everyone requires strength to do daily life activities with ease. Sometimes lifting heavy items can be very difficult and requires help from other people. So how to build strength easily? Which is the most convenient exercise?The first answer that comes to your mind is probably the most famous one, it’s push ups.
The modern version of the push up is the best strength training exercise that is performed since 1905. The reason behind its big success is its easy form and effectiveness.
This exercise target’s your upper body muscles primarily the chest muscles. The secondary muscles from your shoulders, arms, back and abs are involved for stabilizing the movement.
Push ups are no doubt one of the best exercises in the fitness book. These exercises are so famous that you’ll find someone doing them in the gym. They are also used in sports, athletic and military training. Most fitness tests use these exercises for measuring the strength of a person. It is the most effective way to build strength as it can be performed anywhere.
There are a lot of variations derived from the traditional pushup exercise to train specific areas of your muscles. These variations help everyone from children to elderly people.
There is so much to learn about the brilliance of this exercise that most people don’t know about.
Here are some of the amazing facts about push ups that you haven’t heard before.
- This move targets almost all the upper body muscle groups.
- It can be performed with different types of equipment like dumbbells, kettlebells, and a resistance band.
- The push ups have the most alternatives than any other bodyweight exercise in the world.
- The most push ups done in 1 hour is 2,919 by Jarrad Young of Australia on 19 June 2020.
- The most push ups done in 24 hours is 46,001 by Charles Servizio of Fontana, California, the USA on 24-25 April 1993.
- During this exercise, the wider placement of your hands works mainly for your chest and front shoulder muscles.
- The narrow placement of your hands primarily targets your middle chest and tricep muscles.
- The most advanced variation of this exercise is the triple clap push up. The easiest variation is the knee push up.
- Push ups are one of the oldest exercises in the world. The invention dates back to ancient Roman times around 300 AD. Some studies have shown that the roman emperor Constantine used to do the oldest form of push ups known as roman push ups for maintaining his health.
- The modern variation was invented in 1905 by an Indian wrestler known as Jerick Revilla. He was an undefeated wrestler in 5000 wrestling matches.
- This exercise is used in military training of almost every nation to build the strength and endurance of a soldier.
- A soldier performs an average of 200 push ups in a day.
- According to research by Penn State University, traditional push ups generate 50% more activation in the abdominal muscles than the standard bench press.
- Always perform this exercise according to your fitness level. Do challenge your strength by a small increase in your repetitions every day. But doing 1000 push ups from 20-50 in one day will overstress your muscle and can also cause muscle breakdown.
- The Hindu push up is the only push-up variation that is made from two asanas of yoga, the Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog) and the Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)