I'm not quite sure why, but the standard push up doesn't receive a whole ton of love these days.
Blame it on the fact that guys would rather bench 300 pounds, that push ups are a physiologically tough exercise for women, or that hipsters would rather starve than physically exert themselves, but I can't remember the last time someone didn't groan or roll their eyes when I told them to drop down and give me 10.
(Ok, maybe I don't actually say that.)
Yet, most people don't perform push ups correctly. Below is a short video I made earlier today to help with a few tips that I give to my clients.
Before we get there, I need to say that the push up is a total body exercise. We're getting a ton of shoulder stability, strength, core work, as well as fighting rigidity of the thorax. While it's not as bang-for-your-buck as something like the Turkish Get-Up or Deadlift, pushups should be a staple in anyone's routine.
As you can see, there's a lot more technique in a push up than simply pushing yourself up from the ground. And, you can continually progress push ups so that you're always making gains. Mastered the normal pushup? Try them on one leg or elevate your feet. Next, you could add some weight to your back and progress yourself to the one-arm push up.
Have any other push up suggestions? Let me know in the comments!