How to do a Push-Up

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Push-ups are one of the best exercises you can do to gain upper body strength, and are also great for strengthening your abs since they require you to engage your core. In this quick video, Chris Freytag demonstrates how to do a push-up properly. Form is everything when it comes to push-ups, and if you’re not doing them correctly they won’t do you much good. Learn how to do a proper push-up and then try them at home to get stronger today!

To start, when you get into push-up position you want to keep your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears. This is one of the most important things to remember when learning how to do a push-up. Next, place your palms on the floor and make sure your shoulders are over your wrists. If you’re doing a modified push-up on your knees, pull your hips down and keep your spine nice and long. Modified push-ups are a great place to start if you feel like regular push-ups are too difficult right now, and they still work your arms, shoulders, and back! If you’re doing a regular push-up, be sure to start on your toes. Keep your spine nice and long and your abs tight. Try not to sag your lower back.

As you drop down, let your elbows go slightly behind you. Make sure you’re not scrunching your neck as you do this! Then, press back up using the strength of your chest and lower all the way down again in a full range of motion. If you’re just getting started on your knees, you still want to make sure you’re getting that full range of motion, which is critical to good push-up form. Now that you’ve learned how to do a push-up, try different push-up variations that target new muscle groups and keep your body challenged.

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2 Responses to “How to do a Push-Up”
  1. Beatriz Sandoval
    Beatriz Sandoval

    Hi!! I have trouble making push ups, I just can’t. Are there some tips to start? Thanks

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi there!
      Great to hear from you. Struggling with push-ups is a super common issue! You are not alone!
      There is a specific progression that will be helpful to you.
      First: Try to do them against a wall. If you can do these move to the second step.
      Second: Do push-ups with your hands against the back of a sofa or something about that height that is solid and won’t move. once you can do those move on.
      third: The next step is to try push-ups with your hands on a bench or something slightly elevated.
      Fourth: KNEELING PUSH-UPS are great! You might be on kneeling push-ups for a while, but remember to keep your abs tight and use your core as your primary strength rather than your arms and shoulders. Push-ups are a whole-body exercise.
      Once you are good at kneeling push-ups alternate them with full-push-ups. Do some of each.

      I hope this helps!

      Kim, Get Healthy U TV

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