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Exercise of the Week – Hand Step Ups

Target Muscles: Core (Abdominals & Lower Back), Shoulders and Triceps.

Hand Step Ups 01 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeHand Step Ups 02 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeBegin by getting into the standard press up start position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart, but with your step block just in front of your hands and on only a couple of risers. Then, whilst maintaining your balance, take one hand and place it directly forward onto the block.

Hand Step Ups 03 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeHand Step Ups 04 - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeNext bring the other hand up on to the step block as well, again retaining your balance as you do so, ensuring that your hands remain just over shoulder width apart. Continue the movement by placing your initial hand back in its original position back on the floor before returning the other hand back so that you have now returned to the press up position you were in at the start. Then repeat.

Repetitions: As long as you can.

An unusual and advanced exercise for the upper body and core, and believe me you’ll feel this one! If the version described is a bit tough, simply use the beginners press up position (on your knees) as your start point to make it easier. The aim here is to retain a straight back and avoid arching it during the exercise by keeping the hips up.