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Push-ups by degree start with the knees

March 10, 2003|Karen Voight

Here's a different way to do knee push-ups. With this exercise, you can place your knees at various levels to accommodate your strength. If you are an advanced exerciser, you can do it with straight legs by placing your feet on the raised surface.

1 Kneel on top of a sturdy footstool, a large firm cushion or a padded bench. Walk your hands forward until they are beneath your shoulders. Your palms should be flat and your fingers facing forward. Balance yourself on your hands and knees. Pull in your abdominals and keep your back straight.

2 Inhale and bend your elbows slowly, pointing them toward your feet. Lower your body halfway down, while keeping your back straight and your shoulders away from your ears. Exhale as you push up to the starting position. Do not lock your elbows when you straighten your arms. Do six to eight repetitions, rest for 20 seconds and then do a second set.

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Karen Voight can be reached at kvoightla@aol.com.

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