Lizard pushups are pretty awesome. These are NOT JUST SOME RANDOM variation of pushups. There's an actual benefit to doing lizard pushups.
But before we get into why you should be doing lizard pushups... let's break down how to do them.
How To Do Lizard Pushups
Get into a normal top of pushup plank position. Your shoulders should be slightly past your wrists.
Take one hand and move it forward about 3 to 4 inches.
Take the other hand and move it back about an inch or two.
Your hands are staggered... one forward and one back.
Remember to keep your legs engaged, your butt squeezed, and your core pulled in.
Go down into your pushup. As you do this... you'll notice how you go down changes.
Your torso will rotate a little towards the arm that is back. Try not to rotate too much... but it will happen a little no matter what.
Lean into the "close" arm as this becomes your primary mover for this pushup variation.
As you get to the bottom your elbow position will be like this...
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The arm that's high will have the elbow going straight out to the side.
The arm that you're leaning into will have it's elbow going straight back... very close to your body.
Come up out of the pushup and keep going. Remember all the regular floor pushup form queues apply.
Why Are Lizard Pushups So Important?
It's all about the arm you're leaning into.
Remember when you do pushups... you want your elbows to go back... about 45 degrees from your spine and shoulder line or even closer.
Most women let their elbows go straight out the side. This is a habit you want to break as quickly as you can.
By leaning into the one arm during lizard pushups, you're:
Overloading the arm getting it stronger
Getting use to keeping close to your body
Getting your wrist stronger as it will carry more weight
This is why lizard pushups are so great. You'll learn to keep your arms in and you'll get stronger doing it one arm at a time.
Lizard Pushup Variations
If you workout with me ... I'll design the workout to use these variations for a specific purpose. But you can always alter a workout to use the variation that will help you get stronger.
Alternating Lizard Pushups
Alternating lizard pushups are easy enough... after each pushup switch your hands so one is high and one is close.
Typically... each pushup is one rep. So keep alternating until you complete all the required reps for the workout you're doing.
Dumbbell Or Kettlebell Lizard Pushups
This is a tough variation and can be hard on your wrists... but we'll get your wrists stronger over time.
Place the arm you're going to lean into on dumbbell or kettlebell (that's tipped over) and start knocking out lizard pushups.
This variation elevates your upper body a little bit and let's you get deeper into the pushup. This is called more range or motion. The more range of motion you can get the better (in most situations).
Go Buy Some Carpet Sliders
Get over to Amazon or your local hardware store and [buy a pack of carpet sliders](/amazon).
Place each hand on a carpet slider and as your knock out your lizard pushups... you'll slide your hands alternating style nice... fast... and smooth.
This is a fast paced version of lizard pushups and it's the most advanced version.
Other Lizard Pushup Variations
Add a weight vest
Elevate your feet on a box or stability ball
Go with some negatives
Lizard Pushup Tips And Drills
All of the pushup tips and drills I outlined in the how to do a pushup post apply here.
Wrist strength is something a lot of women struggle with. Take it from me... my wrists are tiny. But I've been able to build strong wrists.
Go read this post about wrist mobility drills . This will help immediately to get your wrists moving better and stronger.
Ready To Knock Out Some Pushups With Me?
You have to admit... lizard pushups seem fun right?
Plus now you can see they have a unique benefit that will help you get stronger with all of the pushup variations.
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