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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:21


While sitting down to write this blog and thinking where to start, I thought about the history of the push-up and when they were first performed. What I found was very interesting, dating back to ancient times, they were originally called floor-dips while the date for the term floor-dip is unknown. The term push-up in America started being used in as far back as 1905 while the British term of press-up started being used at or around 1928.

That’s a long time for humans to be doing push-ups and there is a reason we still do them today, they are THE BEST movement for upper body strength!

Through the years people have adapted several variations of this movement but before you can progress to these you need to master the original.

At Body Blitz Personal Training Studio, we pride ourselves on teaching correct technique to ensure the exercise is not only safe but effective. Whether it be in a one-on-one personal training setting or to a group participating in one of our Boot Camp classes in Girraween or Greystanes, the teaching remains the same.

How To: -

  1. Starting in a prone position, hands placed flat on the ground and spaced just wider than shoulder width and arms straightened. With either knees placed on the ground or up on the toes (depending on experience).
  2. From this position, slowly lower yourself down until elbows reach a right angle.
  3. Once lowered to this position, straighten your arms until fully extended (imagine you are pushing the ground away). Come all the way up finishing in position 1.

*Tips – ensure you keep your back straight throughout the movement. This is best done by keeping your tummy muscles engaged. If you feel any pain or discomfort in your lower back at any stage, it is usually an indication your core muscles are not engaged. Squeeze your tummy muscles in and start again.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Always use a slow and controlled movement when starting out and avoid holding your breath.

For all other tips or to join one of our awesome Boot Camp classes, click the link to checkout our video tutorial along with variations and progressions to challenge you further.

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