Push-up

Instructions

  • 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 floor, and push yourself up to straight arms again while exhaling.
  • Repeat for reps.

Commentary

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. In kneeling push-ups, you lift about 55% of your body weight.

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.

Muscles Worked

Primary

  • Chest
  • Front Deltoid

Secondary

  • Triceps
  • Abs

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