11/21/2010 11:30 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Push Up Exercises: 4 Variations on the Classic Push Up (PHOTOS)

The push-up is a traditional upper body exercise favored by all branches of the military and most sports people as well as fitness enthusiasts. The push-up can be performed anytime and almost anywhere and requires no special equipment. There are many push-up variations that you can perform, some more challenging than others, all of which will condition your chest, shoulders and triceps. All types of push-ups can be made more difficult by elevating your feet or wearing a weighted vest.

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Push Up Exercises: 4 Variations on the Classic Push Up. Courtesy of LIVESTRONG.COM