How to Do Sphinx Pushups


The sphinx is an ancient Egyptian statue of a mythical half-human, half-lion figure that has inspired numerous modern-day accomplishments. One such accomplishment is the development of a dynamic and intense style of pushups called the sphinx pushup. Sphinx pushups mainly target your triceps; however, the intensity of performing this style of pushups leaves no chance for your other muscles to sit idly by, making it an effective upper-body workout.

Sphinx Pushups

  • Assume a standard pushup position -- weight on your hands and feet with your head, back and legs straight and aligned.

  • Bend your elbows, shifting support from your hands to your forearms so you are resting on your forearms -- the arm area between your wrist and elbow. Lower your body almost to the ground.

  • Tighten your abdominal muscles for added stability and core stimulation.

  • Push yourself back up on both hands simultaneously, keeping your body aligned.

  • Stay in the upward position for two seconds then lower back down on your forearms.

  • Perform two sets of 10 reps, resting for 10 seconds between sets.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can perform the sphinx pushup on your knees if you are having a hard time completing reps with your legs straight.

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