Standard Press Up
The standard press up or push up is by far one of the best and most adaptive of upper body exercises, with our members area having other 100 different styles of press ups for you to try. Often given out as punishment by the military, the press up will soon have you gaining both muscle strength and size if performed correctly and regularly.
At the start of your press up, place your hands underneath your shoulders with fingers facing forward, aiming to keep your wrist - elbow and shoulders inline at the start of the exercise.
Bend at your elbows, lowering your chest down, no lower than 2 inches from the floor, keeping your head inline with your spine, looking slightly forward throughout the movement. Avoid dropping your head down towards the floor.
Aim to make a right angle with your arms, holding for a split second, then push back up to your starting position.
Keep a straight line through your spine, avoiding forcing your bottom into the air, and also arching of the back.
The rhythm should be smooth, with one press / push up every 2 seconds.
Stretch and Warm Up before you commence any exercise and aim to finish with some good stretching to let your body and mind recover.
Look in the Home Workout area for a great sample workout, if any of these exercises are too hard, then adjust them to your own needs.
Remember to record how many repetitions and sets you can perform, so that you will so how your getting fitter and stronger in all areas. Download your free PDF Record Sheet
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