Tips For Better Push-Ups

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The push-up is a fantastic upper body and core exercise. Anyone who wants to tone their arms and chest can do so with ever going to a gym thanks to this workout. A lot of people dread it because it is often used as a punishment in gym class and other settings but this should not be the case. It’s truly among the most beneficial bodyweight exercises. Learn to master it and its variations to get the physique you’ve always wanted. Here are some useful pushu up tips:

Proper Form

If you are not getting the results you’re after, then check your form. Do the exercise in front of a large full body mirror so that you can see yourself. You may also ask another person to check your form as you do the exercise. He or she may spot something that you’ve been missing. Start by straightening your trunk as if performing a plank hold. Avoid sagging down the middle or protruding your buttocks upward.

For the classic push-up that targets the chest, keep the elbows at a 45-degree bend. The correct breathing pattern is to inhale on the way down and exhale on the way up. Achieve the full range of motion by letting the sternum touch the floor.

Push Up Variations

Absolute beginners, especially the elderly and sedentary individuals, may find it difficult to do even one classic push up on the floor with the proper form. This is alright as they can start with modified versions that are easier on the body and go from there. One is the standing push-up against a wall. The angle will depend on the person’s comfort. The farther the feet are from the wall, the harder it will be.

Another is a variation of the classic form with a bend at the knees to shorten the trunk. The weight will be less making it less difficult. The arm positions could also be tweaked slightly to focus more on the triceps, biceps, chest, and even the abs.

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