Strength And Conditioning

Push-up

Push-up
Published: 2021-05-05
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According to Wikipedia, a push-up (sometimes called a press-up in British English) is a common calisthenics exercise beginning from the prone position. By raising and lowering the body using the arms, push-ups exercise the pectoral muscles, triceps, and anterior deltoids, with ancillary benefits to the rest of the deltoids, serratus anterior, coracobrachialis and the midsection as a whole. Push-ups are a basic exercise used in civilian athletic training or physical education and commonly in military physical training.

Benefits of push-up

The upper body muscles that are used in the push-up are the triceps and biceps, the deltoids of the shoulders, the pectoral muscles of the chest, and the erector spinae of the back. The abdominal muscles used to hold the body rigid during the pushup are the rectus abdominis and the transversus abdominis.

In your daily life, you will appreciate the benefits of push-up workout. Working the stabilizer muscles around the shoulders can help protect you from rotator cuff injuries. Push-ups are also a measure of overall fitness.

It will help you get stronger in chest-specific exercises, like the bench press. It also makes daily life functions, like pushing open a door or pushing something back on a shelf, easier to do.

 

How to do it

  • Start in plank position; flat back, arms extended.
  • Hands shoulder-width apart, even with mid-chest
  • Screw hands into ground

  • Lower until chest touches floor; maintain flat back.

  • Push up with arms and chest until arms fully extended.