“Could you please teach me how to do a push up?” The plea from my client was one I had heard many times. “What is the secret?” Watch the Video
I asked her to show me her technique. She got down on the floor and as she struggled to push herself up, she dropped her head and rounded her back. Like many others, she tried to lift her entire body weight using only her arms and, because her hands were set too far forward, she put even more pressure on her shoulders. No wonder she struggled pushing her way to the top.
Funny thing is, most men who I see doing pushups, do the opposite. They typically look up at their face in the mirror, which forces their lower back to drop. No wonder these same men complain of lower back pain down the road.
It doesn’t have to be this hard. First, I told her, turn your body sideways so you can see your entire body in the mirror. This is critical to be sure your hands are directly under your shoulders and your neck and spine are in line, from your head right down to your heels.
Second, contract your belly (as if you’re bracing for a punch) and use that wall of muscle to support you.
Last, and most important, believe you can’t do a push up and you’ll be right. Believe you can do this and you will!
Try doing 50. Just kidding. Start with 5. Does this help?