One of the most popular and most utilized exercises is the push-up. Whether you have years of training under your belt or you’re just starting on your fitness journey, the push-up strengthens multiple upper body muscle groups and helps with muscular endurance.
The push-up is an essential exercise because there are dozens of variations that allow to key in on certain muscle groups, there is no equipment required and you can easily quantify your repetitions and gains. It is important however, to know exactly what you’re doing when you perform a basic push-up.
- Your hands should be slightly wider than shoulder width apart
- Your feet should be set to the most stable position. Whether that means touching or shoulder width, find the right balance for you.
- Your body, torso and legs, should be perfectly flat
- It is important to not let your hips sag down or push them up too high. Keep them aligned with the rest of your body.
- When you go down you should have your body in a straight plank position.
- Keep your arms as close to your body as possible.
- When you push up be sure to be back in the same starting position.