Sunday, May 12, 2013

How to do Pushups and Close Pushups

The Pushup is one of the most classical exercises on earth. They are the bread and butter of the military. It is one of the first exercises that comes to your mind when you think of bodyweight exercises.

However, most people do not give them the respect they deserve. They think that it might be a great exercise for cardio circuits, for a finisher and for warm ups, but that there is no way Pushups could help you get bigger and stronger when you are past the beginner status, right? Well, I am here to tell you that they are completely wrong. The first reason why they think so is that they do not even know how to perform a strict pushup, not even the regular variation. They do them only half way down, with they elbows flared out to the sides and with shitty form.

The strict pushup is done by keeping the elbows close to your body, and going all the way down till your chest touches the floor. Once you have mastered the regular pushups, you should slowly progress to close pushups, by reducing the distance between your hands an inch or two once you get used to the new hand width.

Close pushups are awesome. They will blast you triceps and shoulders, and they are a prerequisite to one arm pushups. Don't rush things to avoid injuring your elbows, since you need to give time to your tendons to get used to the greater ROM (Range Of Motion).

In this video I'll show you how to progress from a total beginner level to the close pushup.

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