You May Also Like

Jonathan Van Ness, yoga pro? Yes, who knew?

Who knew? Jonathan Van Ness is as good at yoga as he is at hair

8 things to do in NYC Labor Day Weekend

8 things to do in NYC this Labor Day weekend

Yoga injuries have spiked 70 percent in 5 years

Yoga injuries have spiked a *lot* in the past few years—so here’s a tool to help you flow safely

bethany meyers be.come

Bethany C. Meyers’ new fitness app is inclusive AF and we’re here for it

Serena Williams' training includes "quiet eye"

How Serena Williams uses her “quiet eye” to keep cool under pressure and crush goals

Well+Good - 13 of the best monthly workout streaming subscriptions that cost less than $40

13 of the best monthly workout streaming subscriptions that cost less than $40

The key to perfecting your push-ups is in these 3 moves


1/5
different types of push-upsHere’s a common dilemma you may have encountered: You want to get better at push-ups and trainers keep telling you, “The best way to get better at push-ups is to do push-ups.” But then you try to do one—and you face plant, or have to drop to your knees.

Larry Twohig, a super smart trainer and owner of Chelsea’s cool functional training spot, Culture, gets it. Which is why he offers clients push-up variations that don’t require as much strength initially but help you work on your form and build strength before going for the real chest-to-floor thing.

More Reading: 3 smart, creative ways to do a deadlift

“These exercises show how you can modify training variables to either scale something up or down in difficulty,” he says. “You want to have the form be correct so that eventually, you can move up in skill level.”

Start with these three push-up variations that will help you build strength, and before you know it, you’ll be rocking the real thing. —Lisa Elaine Held

For more information, visit culture.fitness

(Photos: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good, model: Culture co-owner Lauren Gordon)

 

Get Started
2/5
different types of push-ups1. Straight Arm Scap Push-up 

Assume a full push-up position. Brace your midsection and pelvic floor while maintaining your normal breathing and a neutral spine. Keeping your elbows locked, allow your shoulder blades to retract and come towards each other, which moves the body down about 2–3 inches. This is the normal range of motion. Press back up by protracting the shoulder blades, allowing them to “wing out,” while allowing the tailbone to tuck under slightly and the mid-section to “hollow out.” Hold for a few seconds, then return to neutral, and repeat. (Note: This one is hard to see because the motion is small, but you’ll feel it right away if you focus on moving your shoulder blades and keeping arms straight.)

 

3/5
diferent types of push-ups2. Elbow-to-Knee Half Push-up

Assume a full push-up position. Keeping your back straight, lower into a half push-up while bringing one knee up to touch the same side elbow. Alternate sides.

 

4/5
different types of push-ups3. Slow Bear Crawl

Start in a table-top position, and then lift your knees so they’re just grazing the ground. Keep the spine neutral and slide forward slowly, with straight arms, your knees bending as you step.

 

5/5
Brynn Jinnet Refine MethodMore Reading
5 ab exercises that are better than crunches
5 kettlebell moves for a seriously strong core
3 smart, creative ways to do a deadlift

 

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

6 moves Shakira does whenever, wherever she needs a good butt workout

6 moves Shakira does whenever, wherever she wants a good butt workout

asics running guide chicago

This is the scenic Chicago running route that will make your long runs breeze by

Try the Julianne Hough workout with dance breaks

Take your workout to the next level like Julianne Hough with a (dance) cardio break

Tips from Blake Lively's Trainer

The official Blake Lively workout, straight from her trainer

Halle Berry's travel workout

4 travel-friendly exercises Halle Berry does using nothing but a chair

Reasons to skip your next HIIT workout

How long should your HIIT workouts actually be?