Start Building Your Upper Body Strength With Push-ups
Many of my boot camp clients come to me with not just weight loss goals, but the inability to perform a proper push-up. So like many of the other exercises we perform in our training sessions I have to be able to modify certain movements to allow them to fully benefit from them.
I wanted to modify the push-up to make sure that the core is still being activated as a component of the exercise.
Slowly start building your upper body (video below)
For any version of the push-up the placement of your hands should be the same. That is just under your shoulders and pointed forward. This will make it so that as you lower yourself to the floor your elbow are bending to your side at a 45 degree angle.
Also important is the position of your hips seen here.
As part of your workout, perform 3 sets of 10 of the push-up that is comfortable for you. After a few weeks you should start to progress as you begin to build your strength. Obviously nutrition will play a major role as you should make sure you get your recommended daily intake of protein.
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