The push-up is one of the most basic, simple and convenient exercises you can
perform anywhere with just a little bit of free floor space. There are several
ways to make push-ups more difficult and change the emphasis to different
One of the ways is to perform staggered push-ups which involves putting
one arm forward and one arm back. What you really are doing is putting more
weight on the arm which is closer (down) to your body. This makes staggered
push-ups a perfect progression for those looking to eventually have the
strength and coordination for one-arm push-ups. If one-arm push-ups is your
goal, try to decrease the amount of weight you push with the (up) arm
further away from your body.
In addition to performing staggered push ups in place you can perform
them in a walking manner. This method involves putting one hand forward and
walking with your feet so your whole body moves forward like a crocodile.
For this motion core stabilization is essential.
You can perform staggered push-ups as part of any workout that involves
the chest muscle group and especially for any push-up program in which the
push-up is your primary chest exercise. Another common name for staggered
push-ups is 'alligator push-ups'.