Pushups are a great exercise for getting your body into shape. They work the core, the arms and the chest. This one move is perfect for saving time, too. Hit several muscle groups with one exercise, what could be better? However, note that doing a push-up correctly is key. Doing one push-up the right way is a lot more effective than doing even a hundred the wrong way.
How Do I Do a Push-up?
If you are new to pushups, there are three stages of the pushup, so start with the beginner version. The beginner version is a table top option. You will be on all fours, and then simple dip your front body, bending your arms and taking your chest almost to the floor.
The second, or intermediate, option, is to be on the knees. Your knees will form a slant to your shoulders, think of a 45 degree angle. From here, you will bend your elbows and take your torso close to the floor.
And finally, the advanced option is to do the pushups on your toes. You will be in a plank position, and then complete your push-up, taking your chest close to the floor. If you want a more stable base, your feet should be a little farther apart. When your feet are closer together, it makes it a bit harder, because you are also working to keep your balance.
For the advanced position, think of your body as a straight line. Keep your bottom from sticking up into the air, keep that plank position as you perform your pushup.
To keep your form correct, tighten your abs and squeeze your bottom. It will keep you in a straight plank position.
Where Should My Hands Go While Doing A Push-up?
For any of these options, hand placement is up to the individual. Your hands can be angled in any way that feels comfortable to you. If you place your hands wider, you will work your chest differently. If you bring your hands in closer, you will work your triceps more than your chest. Change it up, firing up your muscles in different ways each time.
What Does My Body Need to Do?
To perform that perfect pushup, keep your arms straight and abs braced. Lower yourself down to the ground, until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle. Do not let your elbows flare out too much. If your elbows do start to flare, your arms are tired, and you are done.
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