In my experience as a trainer, I would often start my clients off doing form correction. The push-up was a big one I found myself correcting time and time again. I love teaching my clients how to do a push-up properly. It’s one of the ultimate full-body movements you can perform to activate your core, get stronger, and feel empowered! What’s even better is that you can literally do push-ups anywhere, so no excuses… right!? You can perform them while traveling, in your office, at the park, or in the middle of your morning run! If the idea of doing a push-up sounds too difficult, start by learning how to do a push-up from your knees.
The push-up is an amazing exercise. It works for several muscle groups at once and doesn’t require any special equipment! Unfortunately, most people are doing it wrong. It wasn’t until I learned proper biomechanics of movement that I was able to correct my own form. I am excited to spread this useful knowledge to you in an easy-to-digest way. Don’t worry, no science degree is needed here! Let’s get started!
Get on your hands and knees, either on a cushioned surface or with a towel folded up under your knees. Make sure your hands are slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and slightly higher than shoulder height. This positioning will allow you to activate your chest muscles better than any other hand position.
Your chest is the primary muscle group working in this exercise. The secondary muscle groups that will help you are your biceps, triceps, and your core muscles (the abs, lats, back muscles (traps, erectors) and glutes).
Activate your core muscles (abs, back, and glutes). This will lock in your neutral spine allowing for the best stability at your shoulder joints. This minimizes other muscles from activating while protecting your spine.
How to Activate Your Core
Note: This is your starting and finishing point of your push-up.
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