- Assume the starting position, with hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart.
- Try to form a straight line from head to feet, and brace your abdomen slightly.
- Lower yourself as deep as you can, while inhaling.
- Reverse the motion when you’ve touched the elevation, and push yourself up to straight arms again while exhaling.
- Repeat for reps.
The push-up is a classic body weight exercise for the upper body, with the benefit that you don’t need any equipment to perform it. In push-ups, you lift about 70% of your own body weight, but you can increase or decrease that amount by placing your feet or hands, respectively, on an elevation. This version of the push-up decreases the load since your hands are elevated to the sofa, chair, bench or whatever you are using.
You can also vary the exercise by placing your hands closer och wider apart, which will transfer more of the load to the triceps or chest, respectively.
A hidden bonus with push-ups is that you also get some static training of your core, similar to that of the plank exercise. To get even more core training, you can do your push-ups with either your hands or feet in a pair of suspended gymnastic rings, or similar.
Text and graphics from the StrengthLog app.