Know your exercise: Dive bomber pushups

Try this exercise for sculpted shoulders and chest.

dive bomber pushupsDive bomber push ups are more challenging to do than normal push ups, and are often used in military training. Some of the muscles that it targets are pectoralis major, triceps brachii, rectus abdominis and anterior deltoid. These are all names of muscles present in your chest, shoulders and abs.

Here is how you can do the exercise:

deltoidsStep 1: Lie down on the floor.

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Step 2: Raise only your hips so that your body forms an inverted V. Keep your legs and arms straight and do not bend them. This is your starting position.

Step 3: Slowly lower your shoulders, and simultaneously glide your chest forward as if you were slipping under a bar. This motion can be called the dive.

Step 4: As your body becomes straight, and your chest is only a few inches above the floor, straighten your upper body so that your chest is perpendicular to the floor. This position is similar to the yoga pose of bhujangasana which is great for your digestion.

Step 5: Reverse the whole motion to go back to your starting position.

This exercise has benefits for both your strength and flexibility. It is very similar to the Hindu pushup which was done by Hindu warriors long ago. The only difference is that while you reverse the gliding motion in a dive bomber pushup, you do not do so in a Hindu push up.

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