Exercise of the Month: May 2013

MODIFIED PUSH-UP 

Start Position

Start Position

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Equipment: Exercise Mat, Towel, (optional)

Muscles Worked: Chest, Arms, Shoulders

How to Perform the Modified Push-Up

Start Position: Get onto hands and knees with your wrists aligned under shoulders.  Cross your ankles.

Finish Position: Bend elbows and slowly lower your upper body toward the mat, until your elbows form right angles with your shoulders.  Return to start position.  Repeat for 10-12 repetitions.

Finish Position

Finish Position

Modification: Place a folded towel under your knees for extra cushion.  

Caution: Do not exceed your level of strength.  Pushing your body weight up is harder than lowering yourself down.  The stronger you are, the lower you can go.  Play it safe to avoid injury.

The actual number of repetitions is based on your strength.  If you can’t do 10 or 12 repetitions, do only what you can.  As you gain  strength, you’ll be able to take on more.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Posted on May 1, 2013, in Exercise and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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