Exercise Video of the Week: How to Do a Push-up

by Jordan Syatt December 9, 2012

We always hear about the importance of going back to the basics.

The basics have been shown to work and, in order to be successful, we must place an emphasis on these fundamental principles of training and nutrition.

While I whole-heartedly agree in so far as the basics are the building blocks for our continued success, I wonder how we can expect athletes and fitness enthusiasts to include them within their training if they aren’t properly taught how to do so.

  • How can we expect an athlete to bench press correctly if she/he can’t control her/his body throughout a well executed, full range of motion push-up?
  • How can we expect an athlete to do a push-up correctly if she/he can’t adequately stabilize her/himself in a plank position?
  • How can we expect an athlete to do a plank correctly if she/he can’t move without pain?

And the pattern persists….

In order for our athletes, trainees, and readers to perform the basics we must first learn how to teach them.

As such, I’ve decided to start incorporating more basic exercises and movement patterns into my Exercise Video of the Week segments. I’ll include a variety of drills – some basic and some more advanced – but I want to emphasize the importance of the basics and how to properly include them within a training program.

To start, below I’ve posted a video on how to do a proper push-up. Regardless of whether or not you know how to do a push-up correctly, it’s always a good idea to refresh your mind and review the fundamentals.

I hope you enjoy the video and, as always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, leave them in the comments section below.

Never Minimal. Never Maximal. Always Optimal.

-J

 

How to Do a Push-up

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