Exercise of the Day: The Basic Push Up

The push-up is one of the most hated and reviled exercises..and yet one of the most effective.  It’s okay to hate the exercise, but when you put in the work and do it right, you will love the results. Here are a few tips on doing the perfect push up:

  • Start on the ground.
  • Bring your hands even with your chest, just below your shoulders. A common mistake is to bring your hands above the shoulder.
  • Push through the heels of your hand.
  • Press up bringing your torso, chest and thighs up as one unit. Squeeze those shoulder blades together!
  • Remember: Keep your abs tight! Don’t lock your elbows! Stay parallel to the ground, with no sagging in the middle nor with your butt sticking straight up in the air.
  • Press back down slowly.

Congratulations! You have completed exactly one rep of  push ups! Now do 14 more to complete a set and do 2 more sets of 15.  As tough as push ups can be, you are strengthening your shoulders, triceps, chest and back all in one exercise! You also engage the core in a push up as well.

For those of that need to build up to doing a basic, traditional push up, you can also modify the push up by bending your knees instead of extending the legs or doing standing push ups and doing the motion described above using a wall.
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