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6 Ways To Work Out Your Arms Without Having To Do A Single Push-Up

When you think of an upper body workout, you're probably throwing a round or two of push-ups in there — they're the universal arm sculptor, right?

But I think you feel me when I say push-ups must be the stuff of the devil, right?

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to workout your arms without having to do any push-ups at all.

Personal trainer Joe Cote spoke with Elite Daily and explained why it's so important to really think outside the bo when it comes to toning your upper body:

While push-ups are a great multi-joint body weight exercise that concentrically works the chest and triceps, in my experience, there are [many] additional exercises that more directly isolate muscles in the upper arm.

Here are six ways to incorporate that isolation and get a good arm workout in without having to do a single push-up ever again.

(You're welcome.)

1. Commandos

I'm not saying you'll like these more than push-ups — but they are effective AF.

If you're looking to build some serious forearm strength, include these bad boys in your upper body routine.

We can all congregate and complain about it after.

2. Bear Crawls

Channel your inner grizzly bear with this tricep toner.

Step aside, push-ups; there's a new, hairier, exercise in town.

3. Tricep Dips

Tricep dips seem easy at first, but once the reps pile up, you'll low-key feel like your arms are going to fall off.

But don't worry — you'll recover. And you'll be toned AF in no time.

4. Wall Presses

This move may look simple enough, but trust me, it's far from it.

Wall presses are a major test of strength, and they'll give you some serious results if you add it to your regular routine.

This exercise activates similar muscle groups that a normal push-up would target, but wall presses provide the benefit of reducing joint strain.

5. Planks

I never thought I'd say I “love” an arm workout, but planks are honestly bae.

There are so many variations here to spice things up when you need some upper-body-workout inspo.

My personal favorite is the side plank — a powerful arm and wrist strengthener.

Hello, baby obliques. How you doin'?

6. Dumbbell Squat And Press

Last but not least, incorporate some shoulder strength by adding a couple of light dumbbells into the mix (or heavy, if you're an over-achiever like that).

This move requires some coordination, and will keep things interesting when upper body work seems unbearable.

Put your headphones in, jam out to some “Despacito” (love you, Justin), and get pumped.

Peace out, push-ups. See you never.

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Georgina Berbari

Staff Writer

Georgina is a fitness writer at Elite Daily. She is also a yoga instructor and runs the popular lifestyle Instagram page, @thelittleflowerpetal.
Georgina is a fitness writer at Elite Daily. She is also a yoga instructor and runs the popular lifestyle Instagram page, @thelittleflowerpetal.

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