Push Up (Lv 1)

 

Difficulty:

2

Equipment Needed:

Mat, No Equipment

Workout type:

Low Impact, Strength Training, Toning

Body focus:

Instructions

Start with bodyweight in hands and knees, hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Drop your hips so that your back is flat and your body makes a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Bend at your elbows, slowly lowering your body to the ground. Maintain a straight spine throughout the motion. Get as low as you can without touching the ground or breaking the straight line through your body, then slowly press back up through your hands until your arms are almost completely straight.

Purpose of the exercise

The beginner level pushup is performed from the knees rather than the toes, which makes it easier for individuals who are just starting to build core strength. A Push Up is a basic exercise that has been essential to increasing body strength and tone for centuries, if not millennia. Though basic in nature, the movement is a highly effective exercise for targeting the pectoral (chest) and tricep (back of the arm) muscles of the upper body. However, this is truly a total body exercise as it also incorporates the abdominal, oblique, and lower back muscles of the core, as well as the hip flexors, quadriceps and calf muscles of the lower body. Because of the number of muscles involved, this exercise is a powerhouse for burning calories.

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