Press-ups are easy, right? Get on your hands and toes, push your bodyweight up, lower it down and repeat. Well, that’s selling the exercise and yourself a bit short. By performing a perfect press-up, which involves a little more than the above, your muscles will get far more from the energy you’re wasting on that sloppy effort.
In the video here, Mark Wood and Garry Kerr from British Military Fitness, Head Training Tutor and Head of Operations and Training respectively, explain exactly how to do a press-up correctly.
Whether you do the exercise at a boot camp, at the gym or for a home workout, Mark and Garry’s instruction will mean you don’t waste your time on bad reps which won’t get you the same power gains. The right form might make it seem harder, but you’ll enjoy stronger joints from using the full range of motion and because you’re not cutting corners, you’ll burn more calories.
If you think you’re not up to hitting the deck and pulling off a picture-perfect press-up, Mark and Garry also demonstrate the very best way to do an easier variation.
The Perfect Press-Up, Step-by-Step:
Beginner’s Tip: To make the move easier, perform it as above but with your weight on your knees and hands. Still maintain good form, however, by having your core engaged and keeping a straight line between your knees and shoulders, and from your shoulders to your wrists at the top of the exercise.