How to Improve Push-Up Workouts

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There are a few different methods that you can use to improve your push-up workouts depending on your needs. Improve your push-up workouts with help from a health and human performance specialist in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Lisa with danceypantsfitness.com here at Anytime Fitness, South Longview, Texas. Let's talk about ways to improve your push up workout. The very first key thing we need to do is to increase the strength to all the muscles that we utilize when we're doing a push-up. Now, if you are not to where to you can go to the floor, it's okay to do a push-up against the wall, the farther your feet are from the wall, the harder the push-up will be. And then, you can pick up where the speedia does on our knees once you build the strength there. So, what I'm going to show you is an isometric exercise. Isometric means my muscles are neither lengthening nor, nor shortening. So, they're in one position, but they're going to have tension on them which is going to help me build strength. So, I'll show you the first one on my knees. Here I am on my knees, my hands are underneath my shoulders; I'm going to go halfway down and I'm going to hold this position. Now, right now my elbows are pointed back. It's important to do this, hold this for as long as you can and then I want you to do it again with your hands a little bit wider and your elbows going out a little bit more. Halfway between the up position and all the way down and hold that for as long as you can. What that's going to do is it's going to help to build strength in the arms and in the chest and it's going to allow you to do some great push-ups. You maybe amaze at how quickly you build strength to where you're not just doing pus-ups on your knees, but you're able to come up to a plan position. But, if not, if you're not ready, we're going to do the same thing here; we're going to do a half push-up, hold this with the elbow is, elbows pointed back as long as you can. Rest, do it again, halfway down, belly button's pulled in tight, this is really going to build strength and you're going to be amazed at the, the, all the muscles that you're working; again, the chest, the biceps, the triceps, the shoulders, the core doing these and you're going to start to shaken, that means you're really working those muscles. So, those are just a few ways to improve your push-up workout.

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