Move Your Push Ups To Another Lever With These Simple Tweaks
Push ups are about one of the few exercises that have stood the test of time. They are about one exercise that seem to benefit every type of sports and fitness regimen
It is one exercise that you can benefit greatly from if your workout goal is to build up your strength or your muscles. In fact they are great for engaging the core and for working the lower body.
As a bodyweight exercise, you do not need any equipment push ups and they can be done at any place and at any time you want
While its primary targets are the muscles of the arms, chest and the shoulders, done properly, and with a few variations, they can engage just about every muscle in the body.
If you are looking to get the most out of your push ups, then try these simple tweaks to help push you towards your fitness goals
Press your hands into the floor
When doing a push up, you will want to push your palms into the floor, away from your wrists. While doing this, rotate your arms externally so that your elbows and biceps face forward.
Squeeze your lats
This is another great way to stabilize yourself. These muscles can be found under your arm pits and run along the side of the body. Pressing your palms to the floor begins to engage the lats but you should also think about squeezing your arm pits, like you are holding something in them, this will give you that aforementioned stability and help you keep your form.
Draw your shoulder blades down and back
Keep your shoulders away from your ears! Going all turtle neck makes it more difficult to work the muscles you are actually trying to tone. Before you bend your elbows, make sure your shoulders are pulled down and away from your ears which will engage your back. Act like you are trying to squeeze your shoulder blades together.
Keep your core engaged
Your core is basically everything but your extremities. Activating all the core muscles, including your obliques, abs and glutes takes the pressure off your lower back and stabilizes your hips so your body stays in one clean line. Squeeze your navel toward your spine for an extra ab benefit.
Master the breath
This might actually be the most important thing you can do. Breathing will improve your form. Remember to exhale with the effort of the movement. Inhale when you go down, exhale when you push back up.