It’s not easy to do a perfect push-up. If you compromise your form, you can strain the upper-body muscles you set out to strengthen. Instead of struggling to get this exercise right, try these moves designed by Chelsea Dornan, National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and instructor at Uplift Studios in New York City, to work your arms even better than push-ups. Complete each of the following exercises in the order listed for 45 to 60 seconds. Do up to three sets to really feel the burn.
1. Bear Crawls: Begin in plank position with your shoulders stacked over your wrists. Keeping your hips low, move forward by simultaneously reaching forward with your left hand as you step forward with your right foot, and reaching with your right hand as you step forward with your left. Crawl across the room, then reverse and crawl backwards.