17 Push-up Variations. [Video]

For the next three weeks, I’m taking a break from civilized life by living in the wilds of New Hampshire. And though I’ve been here less than 24-hours, I’ve already secured a vacation gym. Obsessions! Priorities!

Despite being in the middle of nowhere, I was able to find a small gym only 10 minutes from my treehouse (yes, I’m living in a treehouse). I had my first workout this morning, and I was surprised to discover that my new gym lacks a bench press. In fact, the gym has no equipment with barbells – and only a small selection of dumbbells.

What’s a fitness enthusiast to do? Fear not.

I’m accustomed to limited gym equipment. In fact, my university gym only had a handful of machines and treadmills – there was not a dumbbell, free weight or barbell to be found. And I survived thrived for 4 wonderful years.

As it turns out, unless you want to look like Arnold, you really don’t need a bunch of fancy equipment to stay healthy and fit. You may need a little innovation and creativity – but don’t let a lack of equipment hold you back. For the majority of Americans that don’t have a gym membership, this news is good news. But the “no gym? no problem!” reality also eliminates a series of powerful excuses:

  • I’m not going to workout because I don’t belong to a gym.
  • I’m not going to get in shape because there are no gyms nearby.
  • I’m not going to exercise because I can’t afford a gym.

As Wayne Dyer likes to say, “Excuses begone!” But I digress.

At any rate, here are 17 push-up variations for a crazy chest workout that requires no equipment or supplies:

Give these 17 variations a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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  1. Im jealous a little, i wanna live in a treehouse πŸ™‚ hehe it’s cool, except i can’t deal with wilderness….i hate bugs, and dirt and stuff. Maybe if it was a hilton hotel tree house i’d do it πŸ™‚

  2. Chris in PAlm Springs says:


  3. nice video, since your in a tree house use some of your trees for workout routines. that would be nice to see

  4. YO i am so jealous of you treehouse house, you just made me realise a new dream of mine to live in a clothing optioinal tree house!

  5. That’s interesting, I’d add weights to the elevated push-ups. A tips from Michael Boyle =)

  6. Nice pushups, and no one looks as good as you doing them!

  7. Can u do push-ups with your legs completely elevated in the air? (planche push-ups)

  8. So, I’ve always watched your blog videos on youtube and loved them cause of the corkiness you bring. Somehow i stumbled on to this website and was inspired! I just kinda went through all your links and felt the need for change. I already walk about three miles 6 days a week but I eat such unhealthy foods due to the fact my job is at a mall with tons of fast food joints in the food court except for chicken kitchen. The words “Honor your body. Honor you.” was what really hit me. I should treat my body better and keep it up so when I’m 55 I’m not huge and nasty. So I just wanted to say thank you for the inspiration!

  9. Wow, you’re really good! >.< I can only do about 20 normal push-ups before my arms give out, but I'm going to keep working at it. You really inspire me, thank you. And I'm SO jealous of your tree house! I wanna stay in one!

  10. The Dive Bomb Push up is pretty bad ass. I def can’t do that right now but i’m making that my goal

  11. The one thing that would be helpful to know… would a variation target a specific area? Like, a Diamond vs. Standard, is there any difference?

  12. I’m not currently a member of a gym as I live in the countryside so this is great in terms of varying my exercise routine at no extra cost! Thank you Davey!

  13. πŸ™ I can’t even do 2 normal push ups! πŸ™

  14. Hey Davey Wavey!
    Well the name is Matt and I wanted to thank you for this. The only kind of push ups I had ever done was the regular ones and it never occurred to me that other kinds (hell, I didn’t even know there were other kinds) might be more helpful. Since you posted this 5 days ago, I’ve been trying some of the other types and they are simply remarkable! I can actually feel the difference when I’m working out, so I just wanted to say, THANK YOU! πŸ™‚

  15. Wow! some interesting stuff davey! πŸ™‚

  16. amazing i’ve never done the explosive staggered push-up, i’m so going to try it. Thanks

  17. omg this is going to help me loads thankyou davey wavey, keep up the good work πŸ˜€ x singing ya praises across the waters in the uk x

  18. What I think is that 1) those are excellent, creative variations on the push-up, and 2) you have perhaps the sexiest body that has ever walked the Earth. Wow! πŸ™‚

  19. Jason Pageau says:

    First of all, I think I love you lol. The finger push ups hurt : but very awesome!


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