Push it up!

If there is a single exercise to do on a consistent basis, it would be a PUSH UP. Push ups are an awesome compound movement that is going to work your chest, shoulders, triceps, and core.

The great thing about push-ups is that they use your body weight as resistance, so you don’t have to use any equipment. When done correctly, a push up is one of the most effective exercises to strengthen your upper body.

Military Push Ups

  1. Place your toes and hands on the floor, making sure your back and arms are straight. Keep your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart and tighten your abdominal muscles.
  2. Inhale as you lower yourself to the floor, stopping as your elbows reach a 90-degree bend. Keep your body from touching the floor.
  3. Exhale and push yourself away from the floor. Don’t lock your elbows, and don’t bend your back.
  4. Repeat several sets.

Modified Push Up

  1. Place your hands and knees on the floor. Keeping your gluts and abs tight, your back should be in one diagonal line with your head and neck, and your feet should be lifted from the floor.
  2. Inhale as you lower yourself to the floor, stopping as your elbows reach a 90-degree bend. Keep your body from touching the floor.
  3. Exhale and push yourself away from the floor. Don’t lock your elbows, and don’t bend your back.
  4. Repeat several sets.

To make your workout more challenging, place your hands on a chair or bench for an incline push up.

For help designing a new workout, or information on planning modifications to your existing workouts, please contact Fitness Director, Jacob Galloway.

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