5 Upgrades to Your Favorite Body Weight Moves

Body weight workouts are a convenient, inexpensive way to burn calories and build muscle fast. If you’re no longer getting your desired results, however, chances are your routine has become a bit too easy. Luckily, body weight exercises are easy to modify if you’re looking for more of a challenge. Try these 5 variations on basic body weight moves next time you work out. Your muscles will thank you!

Instead of tricep dips…try tricep push-ups
Get into push-up position, but instead of placing your hands directly under your shoulders, put them next to each other so they meet beneath the middle of your chest. Your fingertips and thumbs should touch to form a diamond shape. From here, lower into a push-up keeping your body in a straight line. Press back up and repeat. Tricep pushups are difficult, so if you’re looking to make it slightly easier, do the pushups on your knees instead of toes.

tricep-pushup.jpg tricep-pushup.jpg work all four layers of your abdominal muscles, a.k.a. your entire core. They definitely give you more bang for your buck than the average crunch, but you can still make them harder. Get into push-up position, then take one of your legs off the ground and extend it straight back. Hold this position for a count of 15, and then switch to your other leg. After holding your plank for a minute, take a 30 second break before repeating again.

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