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A few tricks to raise pushup intensity and effectiveness, and lower the reps:
- lower yourself on a count of 5 instead of full speed, - or hold at the bottom to a count of 5, - or go to bottom, then halfway up, then down again, then full up
Mix and match. It's harder. After a while, people can just crank out regular pushups without much sweat. This applies to gals also. We advise not doing 50 of these modified pushups daily, however. Every other day, at most.
What are pushups good for? You can call them a calisthenic but they are upper-body strength-builders.
You can also go completely to the floor, resting your chest on the floor, lift your hands off the floor, then place your hands down again and go back up. This is one way to slow it down plus to make sure you are doing a full range push up.