Oh, yes, the push-up. It’s a goal for a lot of our members to be able to do a floor push-up. So we work on them quite a lot.
Today, I wanted to share some tips to help you get stronger with your push-ups!
1. Set-up is everything.
Hands should be about shoulder width apart, fingers spread. Focus your eyes on your fingertips (or an imaginary line that runs through your fingertips). Keep your feet about shoulder width apart. (Bring them in to make your push-ups more challenging or take them out for more stability.)
2. Get tight!
Use tension to create more strength and power. Tighten your glutes and your quads.
3. Grip the ground with your hands.
This is especially helpful when you are pushing away from the floor. Imagine your are trying to tear a piece of paper in half with your hands.
4. Use your lats.
Push your shoulders away from your ears and down into your back pocket. In a recent push-up workshop with our members, we did this drill to “feel our lats” in the pushing position.
5. Keep your elbows tucked.
This is more shoulder-friendly (and proper form). No chicken wings!
6. Practice, practice, practice!
If you want to get a strong push-up then you’ve gotta practice! In fact, we are offering a free 6-week push-up program to our members and cannot wait to see the results of the ladies who are participating!
If you’re ready to realize your strength, find out more about our women’s fitness studio at DFT-STL.com. Drop us a line through the contact form, and one of our awesome trainers will be in touch to learn about your personal fitness goals!