Almost everyone has tried them but not everyone can do them well. I’m talking about the push-up. They are used in military basic training, they are a part of many athlete’s training programs and continued to be used from high school gym classes to the exercise classes at the local gym. They can be done just about anywhere and even if you’re not strong enough to do regular push-ups, you can do a modified version of them on your knees.
Push-ups work the pectoral, tricep, and deltoid muscles. There are several variations of them but the most common is the “regular push-up” which starts in the prone position with your hands placed at least shoulder width apart. You then lower your body to the ground by bending your elbows and then raising back up by extending your your arms. This can be repeated for as long as you can perform them.
There are several varieties of push-ups that can be done. Below is a list of some of the ones I have tried or have heard of:
- Regular push-up or standard push-up
- Modified push-up (on your knees)
- Decline push-up
- Military push-up
- Diamond push-up
- Close-hand push-up
- Dive bomber push-up
Common Push-up Mistakes
Bad form is the biggest mistake that can occur when doing push-ups. The most common form mistakes include the back sagging, hips too high up in the air, or hands extended too far out from the body.
How to Do a Proper Push-up
Now drop and give me twenty! How many push-ups can you crank out?