- Knee push-ups -- This exercise is good for beginners or people who are unable to do regular push-ups for any reason. If you have a shoulder problem, or other issues that make regular or knee push-ups difficult, do standing wall push-ups (similar to regular pushups, but done against a wall instead of on the floor).
- Standard push-ups (somewhat advanced) -- These push-ups are done by lying face down on the ground with your legs together, and with only the bottom of your toes touching the floor. Place both palms flat on the floor and push your hands against the floor, while pushing the rest of the body up. Keep your back straight throughout the exercise. Go up until your arms are fully extended, and then return until your chin touches the floor, while keeping the rest of your body off the surface until you are finished. Regular push-ups are for people in average to good condition.
- Inclined push-ups (very advanced) -- These are for more advanced exercisers, and should be done keeping your back straight, either on an incline or with your feet up on a step. The higher the step the more difficult this exercise becomes.
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