I Avoid Push-Ups at All Costs — So I Tone My Arms With These Plank Modifications

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The word push-up isn’t in my vocabulary — just like water and oil, we just don’t mix. That, combined with my lack of gym equipment at home, has resulted in months of neglecting arm workouts.

I admit that working out at home isn’t the most valid excuse for not strengthening my arms, though — at least that’s what NASM-certified personal trainer and FitOn app trainer Bree Branker Koegel, says.

She’s challenging me to incorporate three no-equipment arm-toning moves, that (to my relief!) aren’t push-ups, into my routine. If you’re part of the anti-push-up club and have zero equipment, too, feel free to join in.

Koegel suggests starting with a simple warmup (which happens to be a great cooldown, too!) of circling your arms forward and backward to loosen up the shoulder joint. Then, lay flat on the floor and goal post your arms (aka extend them to each side and bend your arms up at a 90-degree angle) to open your pectoral muscles.

Now that you’re loose, give Koegel’s moves, ahead, a go. To ensure you’re feeling good, she suggests keeping your hips elevated, in line with your upper body, to avoid too much pressure on your lower back.

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