- From a Plank position, keep the spine straight, the core engaged and the head facing slightly forward.
- Bend the elbows to 90 degrees and keep them close to the ribcage.
- Exhale, stretch the arms and return to the Plank.
- Engage the core to prevent any bending at the waist. Ensure a strong, straight form from head to toe.
General and Boxing-specific Benefits
The Push-up strengthens the arms, the chest, the core, the back and the legs, builds shoulder stability, and develops upper body explosiveness. Performed on the fists, this pose also strengthens and stabilizes the wrists. Bending the elbows to form a 90 degree angle also ensures optimal intensity.
Cautions and Modified Versions
Performing the push-up on the knuckles is designed to prevent wrist injury. However, participants with wrist injuries should proceed with caution.
Participants who struggle with push-ups may wish to perform the exercise on their knees as a modification.
Spine/Core: Spinal extensors and flexors,
Upper limbs: Serratus anterior, rotator cuff, deltoid, pectoralix major/minor, triceps brachii, pronator quadratus and teres, intrinsic hand and wrist muscles
Lower limbs: Hamstrings, adductor magnus, gluteus maximus, gracilis, intrinsic foot muscles
Study and Reflect
What do you focus on when practicing this exercise? Bend the elbows as far as you can but aim to bend to 90 degrees. What happens to your alignment when you reach your limit? How can you improve your technique?
HELP AND SUPPORT
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