WANNA NAIL THE PERFECT PUSH-UP?!
Here’s what you need to do:
- properly engage your core
- lock in those lats
[My last blog post is all about what both of those mean & look like.]
c. keep in mind that push-ups are moving planks [if the plank falls apart your foundation of strength & control will disappear].
To practice maintaining control of your plank the most functional approach is to do push-ups with your hands elevated. The higher you elevate your hands, the less resistance your arms need to work against. Therefore, progressively placing your hands closer & closer to the floor will prepare you for traditional push-ups. Here’s a video that demonstrates the stages you might progress through in order to work up to a traditional push-up.
Once you’ve mastered maintaining your plank with your hands elevated & you’re ready to hit the floor, hand-release push-ups usually come in handy as the final stage before you start banging out traditional reps. [For hand-release push-ups, you lower down until you’re resting on your belly so that your body can get a mini break before pushing back up].] Here’s a visual.
What’s wrong with knee push-ups?! Nothing! The reason I prefer the approach of gradually placing the hands closer to the floor instead of doing push-ups from the knees, [aside from some specific exceptions], is because a push-up is a moving plank. The more you train your body to move while maintaining a strong plank position, the more prepared it will be to do a standard push-up on the floor!!
Alright, it’s time to get after it! Be sure to keep me updated on your journey by tagging the #bstrongsquad on social media!