If you've ever worked out for any length of time, you've probably heard the terms "push exercises" and "pull exercises." But, most people don't know what this means. So today, I'm going to tell you a bit about them, ok?
What Are Pushing Exercises & Pulling Exercises?
Pushing exercises, for the most part, are exercises that are pushed away from your body or muscles. These usually involve the chest, triceps, and shoulders. A pulling exercise is, you guest it, just the opposite. These movements require the activity to be pulled towards the body or muscle, usually involving the back, biceps, and shoulders.
Some people like to do a whole workout with PULL activites one day, then PUSH activities another and then a day of LSD type of activites. (Long Slow Distance)
Other's like to do what is known as a super-set type of workout. This is combining both a PUSH and PULL exercise with one body part. (there are also other forms of super-sets, but we are talking about PUSH/PULL right now) For instance, you can do curls to build your biceps (which is a PULL) and then do overhead extentions to work the triceps (PUSH). This super-set focuses on the arms, get it?
You can do the same type of activity with other groups of muscles as well. I'm sure you get the idea.
Some people like to get creative and mix up the PUSH/PULL exercises with one day's workout, then switch up for the next day's workout.
If you think of working out this way, you will more than likely get a better understanding of how your muscles work for each exercise you are doing. Which means you will get a better overall workout because you are concentrating and focusing.
This is a quick, "down and dirty" explanation of understanding what PUSH and PULL exercises are all about.
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