Fitness Tip of the Day: Wider Can Be Better

Making small adjustments to specific exercises can improve your entire workout

When it comes to bodyweight training, whether you’re outside or at-home, it is always good to change up your grips and stances to work different muscle groups or to tax a specific muscle group more. This can mean something as simple as using a wider grip.

For instance, instead of performing a normal push-up spread your hands out wider to put more resistance on the pecks, making the push-up more difficult. Or when doing pull-ups spread your hands wider to tax the latissimus dorsi (the lats) more. Opening up your grip or stance (same goes for squats) can greatly increase the difficulty of the exercise and improve your entire workout.

Josh Anderson is an AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and the CEO of Always Active Athletics.