Push-Up Exercise

The Push Up (also known as a press up) is a classic body weight exercise for the upper body. There are many variations of the push up exercise - here is a general description of the push up, with a few other variations described below.

Equipment Required: depending on the variation, you may need raised blocks, a wall, the Perfect Pushup.

Basic Technique

  1. The starting position is facing down with weight distributed on the hands and feet. The body is rigid and straight, and the hands are usually placed approximately shoulder width apart (the plank position).
  2. Lower your body until your chest nears the floor at the bottom of the movement, and then return up to the starting position. This is one repetition
  3. Remember to move in a nice fluid motion, keeping the core muscle groups activated. Breathe out on the way down, and breathe in as you come back up. push ups at the beach

Push Up Alternatives

Increasing Difficulty

With small changes to the standard technique it is possible to easily increase the difficulty of this exercise.

Reducing Difficulty

For less difficulty, you need to reduce the weight going through the hands.

Push Up Descriptions

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