The push-up is one of those bodyweight exercises that everyone has tried at least once.
While it may not look like much, the push-up is definitely worth mastering.
There’s a good reason why it’s still being used by the military and sport coaches. It works.
It helps build both cardiovascular and muscle endurance.
It also serves as a foundation for more complex forms and teaches you how to use multiple muscles together.
Often times, push-ups can be difficult to perform because of improper technique.
Here are a few simple tips to help you perfect this bodyweight exercise and to avoid future injuries.
Remember, focusing on quality over quantity will lead to a healthier body and better results.
Tip #1 – Body Tension
Instantly improve your form by rolling your hips under and tightening your butt. This will engage engage more muscles.
Tip #2 – Arm Position
Place your hands under the shoulders at the top of your range.
Tip #3 – Range of Motion
Good body form will help you from using your hips or head to shorten your range of motion. Complete a total extension from top to bottom with each push up. Don’t short change yourself!
Tip #4 – Shoulder Blade Movement
Engage your shoulder blades actively with each push up. This is one of the most overlooked form issues.