Push Please

The push-up is perhaps the most classic of all strength-training exercises. Think back to grade school when you did that first facsimile of what Marines and Navy SEALs do more of than any other exercise. While the push-up is as common as a pigeon in New York City, it is a deeply personal and important exercise to incorporate into your regimen, especially considering the fact that you can do it anywhere, at any time. Deeply personal? Yes, since it requires you to call on that part of yourself that refuses to quit called willpower.

Push-up start/finish position.

Push-up midposition.

Here is how you properly perform a push-up:

1. Lie on the floor with legs together and hands on the floor pointing forward and just outside the shoulders.

2. Keep the back and legs straight.

3. Slowly pull your body from the floor until your elbows are straight, then slowly return to the initial starting position. Concentrate on keeping your back straight and your rhythm even.

The following is a list of don'ts:

>- Allow the back to sag while assuming the up position.

> Snap or lock out the elbows while at the end range.

> Rest in between the starting position and the ending position.

The following is a list of do's: >- Keep your abdomen tight.

> Keep your head facing the floor without arching your neck.

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