By Ian Cutting:
There are many variations, but being able to perform the standard push-up is an important ability to have in your fitness toolbox. Whether you’re fairly experienced or just starting out, you can always benefit from increasing your knowledge of the movement, and a lot of practice, practice, practice.
Here we’ll be breaking down the push-up, going over the setup, technique, and major muscles involved. There will also be ways to help you get started, and cues to help make them even better.
We’ll keep it all short, simple, and (hopefully) practical. Then, get after it. The best way to get better at push-ups…is to do push-ups!
Now pause, hold here, and check yourself.
Your body should be in, or close to a straight line starting from your ankles, up your back, along your neck, and through the top of your head.
Your hands are engaged and gripping the ground, toes are planted, and everything in between (legs, hips, abs, shoulders) is tight and ready.
This is the “up” position.
Your body is now all straightened out, locked in, and good to go.
There is it, one badass push-up! Now reset, and keep going.
What if the Floor is (too much): Raise yourself up, elevate your hands
If you’re at home or the gym.
Wherever you are, just work your way down towards the floor as your strength improves.
Major Movers: Chest, arms, shoulders
Also Working: Everything else
There you have it, the push-up.
Use these steps to help you get that first push-up, and try out these cues to make your push-ups even more effective.
You need to make your body do what you want it to do. Get yourself set up, and practice, practice, practice.
They’ll get better. You’ll get stronger.
One last thing, if when you are done fixing your form for the better and you are looking for more from your fitness we are only a call or email away. If you are not yet one of our bad-ass clients then call or email now to set up the first workout at the last gym you will ever need.
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