They may not be the sexiest exercise on Earth, but push-ups (and the many variations) should be a staple in your resistance training program.
Some of the benefits of push-ups include:
- Activation and strengthening of the serratus anterior, pecs, anterior delts and triceps
- They are a closed-chain horizontal push, which increases rotator cuff recruitment and allows for movement of the scapulae (when compared to the bench press)
- Development of base levels of upper body strength, and allow for preparation for heavier pressing movements (resisted push-ups, bench presses, etc.)
For more information on the push-up, check out the following article: