Coach Clarence gives you four steps to a perfect push-up
Author Patrick Wong
Push-ups may not be winning any popularity contests, but they are an important foundational exercise. Push-ups develop strength in your chest, shoulders, triceps, and even your core (it's not easy holding that plank at the top of every rep!).
While they appear simple, there are a few things to remember to do a proper and effective push-up so that you're getting everything you can out of every rep – and doing it safely.
We've asked Coach Clarence to provide us with a step-by-step breakdown of how to do a push-up correctly. Once you've got each step down, try them out for yourself!
Place your hands directly beneath your shoulders and your feet hips distance apart.
Keep your core engaged. Don't let your hips dip or rise above your shoulders.
Keep your spine straight, lower your body until your chest nearly hits the floor.
When you hit your lowest depth, pause and then push straight up to resume the plank position.
Once you've mastered the traditional push-up, challenge yourself with other variations like an off-set push-up or tricep push-up. For Tempo athletes, find classes with chest and push-up focuses by choosing "Chest" in our muscle group class filter.
Interested in getting more step-by-step exercise breakdowns from our coaches? Let us know what you're looking for at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, check-out our guide for a flawless lunge and burpee.
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