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What Do Push-Ups Do to Your Body?

You might think of push-ups as strictly an arm movement, but they actually engage your body much more than that. As a compound exercise – meaning, it works multiple muscle groups at once – a push-up works your arms, chest, core, hips and legs. You can modify which muscles it works by adjusting your position; for example, moving your hands to a wider stance places a greater emphasis on your chest. When you move them closer toward the body, your triceps get a harder workout.

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