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Push-ups are one of the best upper body movements you can do. They build strength and muscle and you don’t need any equipment to do them — though you can incorporate equipment to help vary the intensity. 

Here are four tips that will make your push-ups more effective and get you results faster!

  1. Brace your core! Flexing your abs – or bracing your core – will stop you from rounding your back during a push-up. Not only does this lower your risk of injury but it also helps prevent a sore lower back. Bracing your core will also help make the push-up a full body exercise — which it’s supposed to be!
  2. Squeeze your glutes! Squeezing your glutes also protects your lower back and keeps your spine neutral, enforcing the proper push-up form that we want to see!
  3. Elbows in! Don’t let your elbows flare out to your sides. Instead keep them tight in, close to your body. This protects your shoulders from injury and soreness and also forces you to use your triceps!
  4. Push the ground away from you! Instead of pushing yourself up off the ground, think about pushing the ground away from you. This creates a tighter, more braced, full body push-up, using more muscles.

This tip was brought to you by Body & Soul Personal Trainer Karrar Khaku. Learn more about Karrar at https://www.bodysoul.ca/staff/trainers.html#Karrar.

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