Combination or complex exercises are a phenomenal way to add intensity and burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. They are also great to help inspire you if you’re getting bored with your current workout.
This is a great combo movement that will work your core, chest, arms, and back.
- Set your dumbbells on the floor slightly wider than shoulder width apart, with handle grips parallel. Get in a push-up position, with your feet slightly wider than normal so that you have some stability. Grab the dumbbell handles with a tight grip.
- If you’re doing a modified push-up have your knees at a slightly wider position. Cross your ankles and keep your feet up.
- Before you lower, keep your core tight. Imagine you’re bringing your belly button into your spine.
- Come down as far as you can and then immediately come back up.
- When you’ve reached the top, row one dumbbell up to your chest and then bring it back to the ground.
- Lower back down into another push-up and when you’re up in the starting position again, repeat the dumbbell row on the other side.
Do 10 rows per side (20 total) for 1 set. Rest for 45-60 seconds between sets.
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A Serious Push-Up Feat
The record for most push-ups done in an hour was set in July this year. According to the Guinness World Records, Carlton Williams from the U.K. managed a neat 2,220 push-ups in 60 minutes.