Simple yet effective, press ups workout almost your entire body. Utilising core strength training in the abs and stability training in the back, whilst working out the chest, triceps and shoulders, makes this exercise a great all rounder. 7/10 people do not know how to do a press up properly. How insane is that?
To perform a proper press up get into the high plank position (see image above), your hands planted on the floor directly beneath your shoulders pointing forwards. It is important that your back is kept straight in line with your legs at all times. You cannot allow your bum to stick up in the air or down on the floor. The repercussions of this could land you with serious back pain.
Begin to lower your body to the floor by bending your arms. Look at the floor 1 meter ahead of you, this allows the neck to be in a natural position. Lower down until your chest is nearly touching the floor, your elbows should be bent at least 90 degrees by now. Extending you arms at the elbow, press yourself back up to the starting position.
It still gets me how many people don’t know how to perform a press up. At least now you’re not one of them. The more you practice press ups, the more of them you’ll be able to perform. You will find your pecs (chest muscles) start to develop. Now you have the know how to perform a proper press up, I’d recommend you check out our post on Different press ups, to see it, click HERE.
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