The Push-up is an old school exercise that even now in 2017, still proves to be highly useful for fitness, fat loss and overall practical real life strength. It’s withstood the test of time and the fact that law enforcement academies and military bootcamps use it as a staple in their fitness programs shows how useful Push-ups are. I recently collaborated with fellow fitness trainer Amy Lee to show you a simple tip that will help you get better at doing Push-ups. Check out the quick video.
As you can see in the video, lining yourself up properly is crucial to doing a Push-up. Even if you can’t do a full Push-up, starting with the correct body alignment will begin to pave the path so that with a little effort and practice you will be well on your way to mastering Push-ups.
Think of the Push-up as a moving plank. If you’re a beginner, start by mastering the High Plank, a.k.a the top of the Push-up position. When you can easily hold that position, start adding movement to it. You can also practice holding the mid and bottom positions.
For those of you more advanced, you can use Push-Up bars/handles to increase the range of motion and intensity of the exercise. Also, try adding chains for accommodating resistance. Accommodating resistance allows for less weight during the most difficult part of the exercise, and then adds weight for the easier part.
Push-up bars/handles are relatively inexpensive. You can pick up a solid, well built pair at Amazon for about $24. You can get chains at Home Depot.
If you have any fitness or fat loss questions, as always, feel free to contact me.