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Ready to do a push-up? You might be thinking: "Yeah right!" or “I'm too weak!" or “I'm too old!"
What if I told you our trainers at Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness could have you doing a proper push-up in just a few minutes? And, we can achieve this no matter your age or sex!
Okay ... now I must be losing it, right? Well, by the end of this blog, you will have the tools to do a proper push-up.
First, why should you want to?
The push-up is a bodyweight exercise that targets multiple muscles at once. We're talking your chest, shoulders, triceps, core and legs! If your goal is to lose weight, gain lean muscle, and/or spend less time in the gym you would be remiss not to make the push-up a staple of your exercise routine.
Also, successfully mastering a push-up can give you a true sense of empowerment. Whether you have lost the ability to do one or never quite had the strength before, now is the time! Here's how:
How to do a push-up:
Most people think the push-up has to be done on the ground. The truth is you can get all the same benefits from doing an elevated push-up. Plus, if your goal is to one day do a push-up off the ground, this is the way to get there.
Just as you would gradually increase the resistance by adding weight to other exercises, with an elevated push-up you can progressively increase the difficulty by lowering the surface your hands are on. You can use this method until you reach the ground. Not to mention, the elevated push-up will let you focus on your form, perform the exercise in a full range of motion, and progress safely. Let's get stronger, avoid injury, and see our progress as we lower the bar.
Things to avoid:
Adding the push-up to your exercise routine can really be a S.M.A.R.T. move! To find some motivation and to learn more about S.M.A.R.T. goals, read our blog: How to motivate yourself to exercise.
If you’re still struggling to find motivation or want to learn more exercises and how to implement them into a rock-solid routine, contact Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness to see how one of our personal trainers can take your fitness to the next level.
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