How to: Push-ups
|July 24, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Workouts|
One of the most effective, convenient, and versatile strength exercises you can do is the push-up. Push-ups are effective in that they hit multiple muscle groups at once, including the chest, shoulders, triceps, and core. They are convenient in that they can be done anywhere and only require your own body weight. Finally, they are versatile in that they can be modified to be done by people of all fitness levels.
As a trainer, the push-up is an exercise that I often see performed incorrectly. By performing a push-up incorrectly, you are cheating yourself of potential strength building and setting yourself up for possible injury. Let’s break down how to perform a proper push-up.
Once you’ve mastered the basic push-up, you can improve your strength by doing more reps, more sets, and performing some of these variations on the push-up:
- Push-up with one foot stacked on top of the other
- Decline push-up (feet elevated higher than your hands)
- Push-up with feet on a stability ball
- Push-up with hands on a stability ball
- Push-up with one hand on a medicine ball and one hand on the ground
- Push-up with both hands on medicine balls
- Push-up with hands on an upside-down bosu
- Tricep push-up (aka diamond push-up)
- Plyometric push-up
- Single-arm push-up
The possibilities are endless. What are you waiting for – add some push-ups to your regular exercise routine today!
***Special thanks to my husband for offering to let me take his photo 🙂