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.
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.
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