The easy-peasy push-up workout for your whole body

Push-ups can be quite daunting.

In fact, I know lots of people who won’t even give them a try. If you don’t have any or much upper body strength they seem near to impossible.

But not these… and even better, this easy-peasy push-up routine works multiple muscle groups at once — and fits into even the busiest schedule. No time to do a lot of exercises? No problem!

This “push-ups with diagonal knee lifts” set will develop your arms, chest, core and oblique muscles — all within just a few minutes.

Watch along in the video, below, as Tema Esberg from Potentia Personal Training introduces you to the magic of compound-movement exercise. This is a single exercise comprised of several movements that work many different muscle groups at the same time.

Give it a try and tell us what you think!

Getting started

These will be done from a raised surface, like a bench, chair, coffee table… or you can do them on the floor.

Begin by placing your hands firmly on your elevated surface. Your arms will be directly under your shoulders, your legs straight, weight on the balls of your feet.

You want also to squeeze your glutes or butt muscles, and keep strong in your core. This will help you keep your body straight and not bent at the waist.

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What to do

Begin with a push-up. You will bend your elbows to lower your body until your chest touches (or thereabouts) the bench. Then press yourself back up.

Next, raise your right knee diagonally up to ward the left elbow then lower back down. Then raise your left knee diagonally up toward your right elbow then lower it back down.

That is one count. Repeat this sequence – push-up, right knee raise, left knee raise – for a set of 10 repetitions. Do 3 sets of 10.

Enjoy the workout!

Dr. Mark Wiley

By Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. Dr. Wiley has written 14 books and more than 500 articles. He serves on the Health Advisory Boards of several wellness centers and associations while focusing his attention on helping people achieve healthy and balanced lives through his work with Easy Health Options® and his company, Tambuli Media.