Do Push-Ups Train the Triceps or Biceps?

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Push-ups are great for training a few key parts of your body. Find out if push-ups train the triceps or biceps with help from an experienced fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, welcome back to the Cave Camp. I'm Coach PJ at CPJ Fitness in San Diego, California. And today, I'm going to answer, "Do push-ups train the triceps or biceps?" Okay, here's a great question, "Do push-ups work the triceps or the biceps?" Tricep meaning behind the arm, bicep meaning in front. Well, when you do a push-up, I'll demonstrate, you can see that the tricep, the back of the arm is engaged in the whole motion. Right? There's your push-up. So, clearly you can see right here, this muscle, the tricep is the one that's engaged. When you do a bicep on the other hand, you want to engage the bicep muscle and you would do a free weight curl, just like this. And again, you can see how this muscle starts to contract. So, there's your major difference. A curl will work the front of the arm, your bicep and a push-up on the other hand, will work the back of the arm, tricep. I hope that answer your question. Have a great day. Once again, I'm Coach PJ at CPJ Fitness in San Diego and I just answered the question, "Do push-ups train the triceps or bicep?"

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