Do you do push-ups in your home
workout programs? Do you do them correctly? If you've ever questioned your push-up form, or just want
to know how to do a push-up, watch the video below to start working your chest, shoulders, triceps and core
Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT: Certified Fitness & Nutrition Expert to the True
Superheroes - Busy Moms & Dads and author of Fat Loss To
Do you do push-ups?
Do you do them regularly? By that I'm asking if you do them at least 3-4 days per week?
Do you mix up the type of push-ups done? Do you mix in "T" Push-ups, Decline Push-ups, Close Grip
If you're a beginner, and aren't able to do full sets from your toes, are you at least starting from the toes
and doing as many as you can before dropping to your knees?
If you're a mom...are you doing 'man' push-ups from your toes or are you stuck in the rut of doing them from
your knees? I can tell you that one of the exercises that brings the biggest smile to my female clients is
the moment they are able to do full sets of push-ups from their toes when they never thought it possible, or even
necessary. The joy it brings to their face is
priceless. I'd be a billionaire if that type of joy could be bottled and sold!
The problem that I've seen over the past decade, and over the countless number of clients, is that
most people do push-ups incorrectly. It's not entirely your fault because over
the years your body gets out of whack from sitting at a computer for hours, sitting behind the wheel of a car, and
plain old misuse. When this whackness happens, your shoulders get rounded, the muscles surrounding your
shoulder joint get tight and weak, which makes it incredibly difficult to keep your arms in proper alignment when
wanting to do push-ups.
Not only that, but your core is probably weak - either the abs, low back or entire thing and that
makes it nearly impossible to hold your body in a straight line, which is one of the most important aspects of
doing proper push-ups.
In order to help you do one of the best bodyweight exercises
around, I made a quick video demonstrating how to do push-ups...
You are seriously limiting your results if you don't do them...
...and you limit your results even more if you don't do them properly. If your butt is up in the air and
your hands are way out in front of your face and you pump away from the elbows...that's NOT a push-up :)
In the same token, if you can't hold your body in a straight line from ears to ankles and your low back sways
like an old horse, that too is NOT a push-up.
If you want to know how to do a push-up properly, then you should
definitely watch that video and then practice, practice, practice. If your form is way out of whack, then
think about the points I shared in the video and keep go through a mental checklist before beginning your set.
Think to yourself:
"Are my hands straight down from my shoulders?"
"Is my stomach braced and tight?"
"Is my body in a straight line from my ears to my ankles with my butt in
Once you get that down, you then need to move from your shoulders and elbows - don't just try to move the
Lower yourself as far down as you can and then concentrate on squeezing your chest muscles (pecs) to press
yourself back up.
If you can only lower yourself a few inches, that's fine. Just work on getting better every week and maybe
even work in different types of push-ups like Negative Only push-ups where you only focus
on the lowering portion and go super slow.
You could also try Positive Only push-ups where you start off with your
chest on the ground in the "bottom" position of the push-up and focus only on pressing to the top.
Both of these styles help fix your weak points and develop active flexibility and strength in your shoulder
So if you've ever wonderd how to do a push-up, give that video a watch, utilize those tips and
tricks and get on with your merry way! Push-ups must be done...and must be done correctly!
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