48 Different Push up Variations [VIDEO]

Hey guys!

A long while ago, I gave you guys 5 push up variations to master if you wanted a killer upper body. I did my best to explain them using beautiful words and pictures (and I think I did a pretty damn good job too).

But those were the old days.

Now it’s time to go BIG. I’ve compiled a list of 48 different push up variations that you can use to instantly spice up your workout.

The best part is that you don’t have to read anything. Nope. I’ve created a video so you can see exactly how each variation is done.

So sit back, turn up your speakers and enjoy the show.

Oh and please do me a favor and share the video (or this post) with your friends. Let’s get that view count uppppp!

Thanks for watching! I really hope the video has inspired you to try some new push up variations. Are there any other variations that you find particularly effective? Please share them in the comments below.

TroyP - Cube.Dweller.Fitness - October 4, 2011

Awesome 48 Variations! I will have to take out the notebook and watch it closely.

The pushup is sadly too often overlooked. So … drop and give me 50!

TroyP - Cube.Dweller.Fitness - October 4, 2011

Dang …. I should have said, “Drop and give me 48”.

Alykhan - Fitness Breakout - October 4, 2011


This is great! I’ve done a bunch of these. I’ve been doing a few of the stability ball variations lately and they are a lot harder than they look. I also like the ones which incorporate the legs because they also work the core.


    Srdjan Popovic - October 5, 2011

    The stability ball ones are definitely much harder than they look. The slider ones are also particularly challenging but I never see anybody using them. A lot of these variations incorporate the core in one way or another – you just have to be creative. Thanks for stopping by man!

Raymond- ZenMyFitness - October 5, 2011

Wow I didn’t know there were so many varieties. Well if I think I ‘ll every get bored of pushups I’ll just have to watch it again.
Did I miss it but the conventional 1 arm pushups was that in there?
Anyhow it sort of felt like I watching the Karate Kid IV!
Excellent video I hope it does well I share it now. I’m hanging out in Google+ these days

    Srdjan Popovic - October 5, 2011

    I’m glad you find it useful Raymond. I didn’t include the 1 arm pushups because that would’ve made it 49 variations and I just don’t like the number 49 for some reason :D.

    And thanks a lot for sharing – I really appreciate it! I think I got you in my circles now as I’m starting to visit G+ more often.

Jordan Figueiredo - October 6, 2011

I watched the entire video! Great work. Hope you didn’t do that all in one take….
People get bored of standard pushups, and there is really no need to look elsewhere. Thanks for creating a great resource!


    Srdjan Popovic - October 7, 2011

    Thanks for the support Jordan! It took maybe 2 hours and roughly 300 pushups to get it all right but it was worth it.

M. Brendel - October 7, 2011

I do pushups on my Bosu and it makes it pretty tough. I should say I USED to do them. I broke my wrist recently so I don’t know what I’ll be able to do once this sucker heals.

    Srdjan Popovic - October 22, 2011

    Make sure you take time to let that baby heal. You don’t want to re-injure it by putting stress on it too soon. I suggest you get yourself some push up stands – they will keep your wrists aligned while doing push ups. Use these to get yourself back in the game!

Michael McIntyre - October 12, 2011

push ups are great, I am trying to master the one arm pushup with feet together, I can do a fair few with feet apart.

    Srdjan Popovic - October 12, 2011

    That’s impressive Michael. Keeping your feet together really engages your core as you have to balance yourself. Let me know how you progress!

Michael @ somebodylied.com - October 30, 2011

Ye if you want to see my progress on this, you can check out my youtube site over at http://www.youtube.com/user/ConvictConditioning2 , if you enjoy the videos, do subscribe please and let your friends know 🙂

Dr. George Suarez - December 9, 2011

48 certainly is a collection! I’ve stayed away from push ups and I’m not sure whether I can but this post certainly has given me some motivation. Thanks for sharing the inspiring great video.

Hormon - July 5, 2012

Nice! Really nice! The best in my opinion are thosebwhen your body is not stabile and the dynamic pushups.

    Srdjan Popovic - July 7, 2012

    Introducing instability is very effective!

      Hormon - July 8, 2012

      Have you ever tried using ropes fixed at one side to a solid point and loose at the other end to make some exercises…it is probably patented in US. The instability increases the level of difficulty and gives non-isolated work out for all muscles. It would be nice to hear about that…climbing gear may be used instead if one does not want to buy new toy….

        Srdjan Popovic - July 8, 2012

        Are you referring to power ropes?

          Hormon - July 8, 2012

          No, not to power ropes but to TRX suspension training system. Interesting idea and the big part of that relates to instability during exercises. One can replace the system by climbing gear and reduce costs by half but it is up to ones. The instability examples from your video are the pushups with balls. It forces to use additional muscles to support main exercise nad do not fall Srdjan, do you use intervals, progress, etc? Could you share with us?
          The exercises are important but exercise pattern is not less important. Do you agree?

            Srdjan Popovic - July 8, 2012

            Yea I’ve tried out the TRX system. It is quite expensive but very effective. It’s definitely possible to make one yourself.

            I do a lot of interval training. Especially with my kettlebells and skipping ropes. I can put together a post on how I incorporate interval training into my workout if you’re interested.

            And proper technique – or exercise pattern as you say – is always more important than the exercise itself.

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