Exercise Highlight 2: Push-Ups

Push-Ups are a great way to strengthen your core while enhancing upper body strength. The core not only involves the abdominals but includes the muscles of the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine, along with the pelvic girdle and hip joint. The push-ups in the video demonstrate the involvement of the core for stabilization and performance. These are just a few examples. Be sure to progress accordingly. Watch for compensations such as, low back arching, shoulders elevating and range of motion limitations. If any compensations occur, be sure to regress. Good form is critical so practice each pushup technique.

Before attempting some of the advance push-ups, be sure that if you are male you can complete 30 traditional push-ups, showing no compensations with a tempo 3-0-1-1 For female 20 push-ups, showing no compensations with a tempo 3-0-1-1.