Virtual Fitness: The Correct Way To Do A Push-Up

The Push-Up is a bodyweight strength training exercise that works the chest, front shoulders (anterior deltoids), and posterior upper arms (triceps). The exercise is suitable for a strong beginner.
INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Assume a push up position with the body in a straight line from head to heel, feet hip to shoulder width and hands 1.5-2x shoulder width. Brace the core and tighten the glutes. Press away from the floor to prevent the shoulder blades from winging.

Step 2: Lower the chest toward the floor through a maximum range of motion until the chest is a few inches off the floor or shoulders have reached elbow depth.

Step 3: Reverse the pattern and return to starting position.

Step 4: Repeat. Maintain posture throughout. Keep the shoulders from elevating or rounding. Do not let the back round or arch or the hips sag or pike. Avoid letting the head jut forward.

MODIFICATION: Do the Modified Push-Up >link<, or the Incline Wall Push-Up >link> if the full Push-Up is too difficult.

EXERCISE DOs and DONTs – As with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If your muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider


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