Break It Down: The Pushup

Doing a pushup requires as much skill as strength. t’s a full-body exercise that calls for core stability as well as back, arm, and chest power. Good form will enable you to move painlessly through the full range of motion.

For the basic pushup:

Assume a high-plank position, with hands slightly wider than shoulder width, arms extended (but not locked), and body straight from heels to top of your head.

  • Tip: Distribute your weight evenly across your entire hands: imagine there is a grape under each palm that you don’t want to crush.
  • Tip: Stay neutral; don’t crane your neck up, drop your head forward to the floor, or hunch your shoulders toward your ears.

Bend your arms and retract your shoulder blades to lower yourself until your arms form 90-degree angles.

  • Tip: Keep your body in a straight line from start to finish: engage your glutes and core to avoid sagging.
  • Tip: Aim elbows out about 45 degrees from your body, as if you’re pointing them to the back corners of the room.

Reverse the movement, pushing yourself back to the starting position without breaking the straight line from head to heels.

  • Tip: To make pushups easier – perform them on your knees or elevate your hands on a bench, box or wall.
  • Tip: To make pushups harder – elevate your feet on a bench or box, perform tricep pushups with your elbows by your side.


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