VIDEO – Push-ups – The Do’s and Don’ts
The push-up is one of the oldest and most used exercises in the world. The defence forces have been sing it for ears to condition and strengthen their troops, sporting teams use them for the same reason, and many personal trainers can be seen advising their clients on the movement. Click above or head to our youtube page here to watch the video, which forms part of our series on correct workout techniques. You can check out our previous video on squats and how to get the most out of them here.
- Hands should be shoulder width apart
- Feet slightly apart for better stability
- Chin tucked (not jutting out)
- Lower until nose, chest and tummy touch the ground
- Avoid sagging in the lower back
- Do not rest on the floor each time you touch
- Never lower your body only half-way, as this leads to muscle injury
- Slowly lower to finish, (collapsing afterwards is a no, no).
The key is to modify the exercise when you cannot perform a push-up correctly. This involves dropping to your knees. Slowly increase your reps as you become stronger, but always maintain good form.