Start on hands and knees with hands slightly wider than shoulder width.
Extend your legs straight back, bringing your knees up off the ground so that your weight is evenly dispersed between your hands and toes. Drop your hips so that your back is flat and your body makes a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles.
Maintaining a straight line though your body, bend at your elbows and slowly lower your body to the ground.
Get as close the ground as you can without touching or breaking the straight line though your body, then slowly press back up until your arms are almost completely straight. Down and up counts as one repetition.
A Push Up is a basic bodyweight workout that has been essential to increasing body strength and tone for centuries, if not millennia. Though simple in nature, the Push Up is a highly effective strength training tool 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 move is a power house for burning calories.