Texas Rangers Strength & Conditioning

Upper Body Exercises

Push Up

The push up may be the perfect total body exercise that builds both upper body and core strength. When performed properly, it is a compound exercise  that uses muscles in the chest, shoulders, triceps, back, abs and even the legs. 

Mechanics

  • Start in a front support position, with your feet together, toes curled under and hands shoulder-width apart and under your shoulders.
  • Keep your body in a straight line from head to toe without sagging in the middle or arching your back. 
  • Set your abs and keep them tight throughout the movement.
  • Inhale as you slowly bend your elbows and lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle and you chest almost touches the floor.
  • Exhale as as you begin pushing back up to the start position.
  • Don’t lock out the elbows; keep them slightly bent.
  • Repeat for as many repetitions as your workout routine requires. 
  • For variety, perform the exercise with your hands on a balance board or stability ball.
  • To make the exercise harder do the exercise while wearing a weight vest.
  • You can also perform a decline push-up with feet on a bench for more intensity or feet on a stability ball for increased intensity.

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