How to Do a Push-Up

Learn how to do a push-up from Warrior Fitness Boot Camp creators Ruben Belliard and Alex Fell in this Howcast workout video.

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All right. So the first step to do a pushup, we're going to put our hands flat on the floor. I want my palms down. I want to be on my fingertips. Palms are nice and flat, about shoulder-width apart. You don't want them too narrow or either too wide. So let's start a little bit wider than shoulder width. That's the first step. The next step, I'm going to walk my legs back. I want a nice, straight line from my shoulder to my ankle. So a few things you want to check here. You want to make sure your shoulders are over our wrists. You want to make sure your core is tight. Don't let your hips drag down. Keep your core nice and tight. Hold it up. If you're a beginner you can drop down to your knees, but one of the things you have to keep in mind when you do that is you don't want to keep your hips up.

You want to make sure again, now we're going to create a straight line from my shoulder to my knee. I don't want to do a pushup with my, you know, with my butt high in the sky. Bring it forward. Keep that core engaged. So if you're off your knees, all we're going to do we're going to simply go straight down and come right back up. All right. Now when we do this, we want to lean forward. Keep that core tight. Don't let your hips drop before your chest. You don't want to touch the floor at all when you're doing the pushup. If you're on your knees, a few things you have to think about is, again core's tight, and your quads might touch a little bending the knees. That's okay. But you want to make sure that your core's tight and you slowly lower yourself down when you do it.

So if I'm on knees, hips forward, you can cross your ankles. Sometimes that helps. You're going to go down, hold it, and then right back up. There's a few things you want to keep in mind when you do a pushup. You want to be sure that every time you're in a pushup position, your shoulders are over your wrists. Your core's engaged. Your hips are not dropping. Your core's nice and tight. And think about that straight line I talked about from your shoulder to yoru ankle if you're off your knees. If you're on your knees, there should be a straight line from your shoulder to your knee. And that's how you do a pushup.

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