How to Push Up the Right Way
We've all done them.
A lot of us don't like them.
Some of us do them, but it doesn't feel good.
A very few of us can do a lot of them.
But how many of us can actually do Push Ups the right way?
If your goal is to develop full body awareness and strength, and be able to transfer those to other exercises and movements and your sport or event of choice, then being able to do a "perfect" push up (not this :P ) should be your goal.
Take a look at this demo video to see what it should look like:
Reminders for you when doing your Push Up the Right Way:
1. Draw your belly button into your spine, or "suck in your stomach"
2. Squeeze your butt
3. Keep your gaze straight down
4. Keep your hands right below your shoulders
5. Keep your feet together (heels and toes touching each other, like when you're holding a plank)
6. "Pull" yourself down to the ground; you should feel this in your lats and back when you are lowering into the bottom position, with your chest touching the ground
7. Keep your elbows in close to your body as you're Pulling yourself down to the ground
8 Keep your elbows in close to your body as you're Pushing yourself up from the ground
9. Finish the Push Up in the same position as your started, with Reminders 1-5 in mind.
If you're not able to do the Push Up the Right Way from the ground, then you have the option of doing it with a raised surface.
Use a table, boxes, or even a countertop as your "ground" to do your Push Up the Right Way.
Find an appropriate height so that you can do Reminders 1-9, with your chest touching the surface you're using.
Over time, as that modification gets easier (being able to do more in a row, faster, etc.), then you can slowly start to lower the height of the surface you are using, to continually challenge yourself until you can do the Push Up the Right Way on the ground.