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01/09/2023: Move of the Day: The Push-Up

A well-known exercise that works the chest, shoulders, and triceps is the push-up. They can be altered to match various fitness levels and objectives, and they are a straightforward yet efficient approach to build and tone these muscles. The correct way to do a push-up is as follows:

  1. Start in a plank position with your hands placed slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and your feet hip-width apart. Your body should be in a straight line from your head to your heels.

  2. Engage your core and keep your neck in a neutral position.

  3. Bend your elbows and lower your body down until your chest is just above the ground.

  4. Push through your hands to straighten your arms and return to the starting position.

  5. Repeat the movement for the desired number of repetitions.

(I know. It seems so easy. I know it’s not. No fret. If you follow this link HERE, it will give you a more detailed explanation of proper form and technique. I just want to give an introduction to the move. Proper execution will involve a little bit of research.)

Here are four variations of the push-up that you can try to add variety to your workouts and target different muscle groups:

  1. Wide grip push-up: This variation involves placing your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. This targets the muscles of the chest to a greater degree.

  2. Close grip push-up: This variation involves placing your hands closer together. This targets the muscles of the triceps to a greater degree.

  3. Plyometric push-up: This variation involves adding a jumping component to the push-up. As you push up, explode off the ground and clap your hands together before returning to the starting position. This variation can help to improve power and coordination.

  4. Incline push-up: Involves performing pushups with your hands placed on an elevated surface, such as a bench or step. This modification changes the angle of the pushup to challenge the upper body muscles, particularly the chest, triceps, and shoulders.

Overall, the push-up is a simple, yet effective exercise that is important to include in your fitness routine to maintain proper physical function. By strengthening the muscles of the chest, shoulders, and triceps, you can improve your overall strength and endurance, reduce the risk of injury, and improve your ability to perform everyday tasks.

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