How To Do A Push Up Exercise
Learn How To Do A Push Up Exercise With These Simple Steps
Are you struggling with your push up exercise? Follow these simple steps to learn the most effective way of how to do a push up exercise and start feeling the benefits.
The push up or press up is one of the best exercises to perform to improve your upper body strength, boost muscle tone and performance and is also great for your core strength too.
The push up or press up can be done at home or at the gym, as all you need is a hard non slip floor such as a gym mat, the gym floor, your living room carpet or kitchen floor.
Benefits of Push Up Exercise
The push up is a great muscle toning exercise for the arms, chest, triceps and the front of the shoulders, whether performed on the knees or toes this is a good strength building exercise that can be performed anywhere.
Muscle Groups Worked:
Pectoralis Major, Deltoid, Tricep brachii, rectus abdominis, serratus anterior, coracobrachialis.
If you cannot perform a push up on your toes then start off on the knees until you get stronger enough to do so. This is a great way to get the benefits of the push up exercise but without putting your body under the full pressure, until you are strong enough to do it the standard way.
By using your knees as a rest it helps your balance and takes the stress off your upper body, but allows you to work it enough to get the benefit. This method of doing a push up is perfect way to start if you are not confident or strong enough just yet.
Step by Step Guide:
- Start on all fours with the hands on the floor slightly wider than but in line with the shoulders
- The body should form a straight line from the shoulders to the ankles
- Squeeze the abs as tight as possible and keep them engaged
- Lower the body until the chest nearly touches the floor, making sure that the elbows are tucked in close to the torso
- Pause for a moment then push yourself back to the starting position
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