A Description of Modified Push-Ups

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Modified pushups require a very specific form in order to receive the full benefits of this type of workout. Get a description of modified pushups with help from a certified fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jill Brown, I'm a certified fitness instructor and I've been training for over 18 years. Today, I'm coming to you from L.A. Dance Fit in Los Angeles. We are going to talk today about modifying pushups. The push-up is generally a difficult exercise for a lot of people because you have to be able to push your entire body weight off the floor. Traditionally it's done on your hands and your toes with your body in plank position. And you bend your elbows so your chest comes to the floor and then push yourself all the way back up. But to make it a little bit easier to modify it, I'm going to drop my knees down. Lift my toes and therefore I'm going to decrease my lever or the amount of weight that I have to push off the floor like this. And you can further decrease your fulcrum point and make the work against gravity easier. To reduce your work against gravity almost completely and being in a more horizontal position you can do this against a wall, a desk, a chair, a step. And very simply just lower your chest or bring your chest towards a wall, or towards a bar, or towards a bench like this. So there's a few ways to modify your push-ups for any level. I'm Jill Brown from L.A. Dance Fit.

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