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How to Do a Basic Push-Up

Learn how to do a basic push-up from certified personal trainer Max Tapper in this home chest workout for men video from Howcast.


Hi guys, it's Max Tapper again with Howcast. Today I'm going to show you how to do a basic push-up. Very simple right? Exactly.

Now basically, a push-up is to build the bulk of the chest. This is the position that you want to be in. Your hands will likely to be right outside of your shoulders. Alright? Follow me. Now, to get the bulk of your chest we need your elbows to go out to the side. They need to go here when we go down. Okay? Then up.

Now, some of the things you want to pay attention to is our body placement. We never want our lower body to be sinking in here because you're putting a little bit too much pressure on your lower spine. We don't want your body to be up in the air, it's a little too easy. We're going to have you flat here challenging your core and your chest and shoulders at the same time. Here we go.

Now, what's very important in the push-up is your hand placement. The wider your hands are the more of your chest you're going to be building. The closer they are the more of your shoulders and triceps you're going to be challenging. So if your goal is to build your chest the wide push-up is going to be great for you. If your goal is to fatigue your chest muscles and shoulders then as an alternate, the closed grip push-up is great.

These are basic push-ups.

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