Fitness Move of The Week-Push Up

We’re going old school guys!  Push-ups are a great way to tone up your arms and chest as well as one of the best ways to test your improvement in strength.

 

 

Muscles Worked:

Chest, shoulders, and triceps
 

To remember with push ups;

  • Always keep your hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart, with fingers together and pointing straight ahead.
  • Start in the “up” position with your arms straight.
  • Inhale as you lower yourself toward the floor.
  • Don’t go lower than forming a 90-degree bend with your elbows
  • Exhale as you push yourself up from the floor
  • Your back should be straight. Watch the lower back sagging or the backside sticking too high in the air as those make for poor posture.
  • If you cannot do a full push up in good form, there is no shame to starting on your knees! 
    • After you can do about three sets of 15 push ups with minimal rest between sets, it’s time to move on to a regular push up. 
  • If you have perfected the regular push up already, then make it even more challenging.  
    • Try elevating your feet behind you on a BOSU or Step, test your balance by putting your feet on a Swiss Ball, put your hands on the reverse side of the BOSU, or move a medicine ball from hand-to-hand while pushing up.
FitnessAshley Pettit