In home or gym, pushup may be the best exercise for you because pushups not only strengthen your chest. This compound exercise will also shape your shoulders, triceps, and glutes while toning and tightening your entire core. Working all those muscles at once torches tons of calories and can even help give your BOOBIES a little lift. Really, could you ask anything more of a single exercise?
Michelle Trapp, certified personal trainer from Gold’s gym shows how to do pushup using perfect form.
Here’s a summary of the main points for perfect push ups.
- Hands should be shoulder width or wider than shoulder width apart, with hands directly under your shoulders. Engage your upper back, shoulders, and arms to lift your body weight off the floor, then slowly lower it back down. Pause, then push back to the starting position. Keep your core braced the entire time.
- Avoid using the rest of your body to help you fight up. A good tip is to imagine you’re pushing the floor away from you, instead of rising from it.
- You don’t need to do them fast: in fact slower requires more strength and control than power. Go your own pace: speed comes later on.
- If your hips sag at any point during the exercise, your form has been broken. When this happens, consider that your last repetition and end the set.
So what are you waiting for? Get to work!