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.
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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