Sweating on Sunday: Muscles Targeted in Pushups

Updated 4/18/2021 So, last week I moved away from using light dumbbells to trying bodyweight exercises.  Since I have CKD I am not allowed to lift heavy-weights, so I thought pushups would work better for muscle toning and increasing strength.  After increasing the number of reps by one each day, I started to notice pain under my right breast.  So, I stopped for a day to see if the pushups were the issue.  It appears it was and when looking at the image below you can see why.  I probably overworked a muscle that I don’t think dumbbells target, the Serratus Anterior.  It is not worth the pain as I have to lift residents at work also.  So, for now, while it heals I will go back to dumbbell work and then do a lower number of pushups for a few weeks before adding more reps. Update: That injury has healed and I have moved up to narrow arm pushups, or triangle pushups for my April 2021 Triceps Challenge. So far I have had no more pain in the serratus area.

Pushups are a great way to tone and strengthen with no equipment needed.  You can do them anywhere and they are quite effective. The muscles targeted in a standard pushup are: pects, delts, triceps, abs, front serratus, and corocorabrachialis. Do you do pushups?   The image below source https://www.alesstoxiclife.com

Don’t forget about my Walking Challenge.  Follow along with Health Buddy Melissa’s Facebook page.  You can use the contact form at the end of this post to message me with questions or to sign up for my weekly newsletter. That challenge has now ended. For 2021 my goals are to run a mile and a half in 15 minutes, and do at least 12,500 steps per day.


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My name is Melissa. I am a certified Health Coach, Holistic Coach, Kidney Coach, LPN, can coach in Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Guided Imagery, am level 2 Reiki certified, and I want to be your Health and Wellness Coach. I am continually learning and taking classes to expand my knowledge base.

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