September 26, 2012

Perfect Push Ups For All

No, this post is not about b00bs!
I'm not talking push up brahhhhhs [although I probably should].
And no, I am not perfect!

I'm talking the actual physical act of doing a push up.

LAWD HAVE MERCY LADIES, if I had a penny for
EVER incorrect push up I have seen a girl do since college,
I wouldn't have to work another day the rest of my life.

And today, I am doing MY part to correct
and help y'all
so we can create a perfect push up world :)

Let me say for the record:
 I am NOT a certified trainer or fitness expert.
I DO NOT have a degree in physical education or training.
I've NEVER trained someone for money in my life.

But, I have been told numerous times
by trainers [men & women]
military personnel [men & women]
coaches [men & women]
and most importantly
my family
[army dad, gymnast mama and two bada$$ sissy athletes]
that I have LEGIT push up technique and form.

This ain't some kind of humble brag,
but those are the credentials I'm rolling with for my post today.

Ladies, push ups are NOT that hard.

Are they hard, YES!
But, there are modifications to help
build stamina to complete multiple
push ups,
using CORRECT FORM

Recently, I have seen WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too many
girls,
instructors,
fitness bloggies,
athletes,
teammates
doing push ups with HORRIBLE form!

This has to stop.

Not only are you making push ups harder on yourself,
you look funny.
Sorry, but that's the truth.

So, today I'm posting a video
explaining the proper technique for push ups
with and without modifications.

Don't have time to watch the video?
No sweat [haha] here are some pictures
and technique tips.

Modified push up [on knees]
YES!


NONONONONO

*Keep a straight line from your crown to your knees, through your butt/hips.
*Bend your arms so your chest is barely higher than the ground.
*DON'T let your butt/hips go up in the air.
*DON'T only go down an inch.

Regular push ups [on toes]
YES!


NONONONONONONO!


*Keep a straight line from your crown to your feet.
*Tighten your abs, will help maintain good form.
*DON'T let your butt/hips stay high in the air.
*DON'T let your hips/butt sag low to the ground.
*DON'T just barely bend your arms, THAT DOESN'T COUNT.
*When you feel your form failing, switch to modified
INSTEAD of trying to power through incorrectly.

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I hope the video and pictures were helpful.

YOU CAN DO PUSH UPS CORRECTLY LADIES!

I KNOW YOU CAN!

8 comments:

Michele said...

This post was very helpful - I know I'm not doing them right, I need to remember your tips next time I'm working out :)

Holly said...

I love this post! Great tutorial/tips! I don't do nearly as many push ups as I should (like close to none these days, unfortunately) but you're right. Technique is so important otherwise you're just wasting your time.

Jenn said...

Very nice! I never cross my feet at the end, when I do the modified, so Im gonna start doing that!
Thanks for the help, sista!

Carolyn said...

Love this!! I've seen SO MANY people do bad pushups... eek! I thought this tutorial was great! Good work friend!!

Nikki said...

Thank you for sharing this! There are so so so many people who dont know how to do a push up! I am asked all the time by people if they are doing correctly.

The Egg said...

this post made me laugh!
i do planks to get that core in check but haven't done one in like....over a year.

xo the egg out west.

Kenj said...

Look at you go girl! You have killer form. I won't lie when I first started I was awful, but I've been taught many times and I can pull a push up out from anywhere. I actaully enjoy them sometimes!

Janna Renee said...

Thanks for the tips! If I ever gain the strength to do them/start working out...I will have to refer back ;)