In today’s day and age, it’s easy to forget about the traditional push-up. There are so many different exercise machines available at gyms that work specific muscle groups. These machines and contraptions also look more interesting than a push-up. However, the exercise is very underrated in the world of fitness today, and people tend to forget how beneficial it can be. It is important to note that you can reap the benefit from this classic exercise best when the form is correct. These ten points will best illustrate how and why you should do push-ups.
People often avoid doing these exercises because of the notion that they do not provide enough resistance. While this resistance helps the growth and development of the chest, bicep, and shoulder muscles, it doesn’t mean the exercise is a waste of movement. A push-up will never require as much force as a heavy bench press, but it will still help you. Muscle exertion is more important than the amount of weight lifted. Building muscles has a lot to do with fatiguing and exhausting muscles. During a bench press, you pin your shoulder muscles to the bench. This doesn’t allow for the proper mobility for the scapulae. A push-up gives your shoulder free mobility, which helps to exhaust its muscles. Using your body weight helps your bench press form too.
You can only achieve full benefits from any exercise if the form is perfect. This goes for every exercise. However, it’s understandable if your form isn’t perfect from the very first try. Practice makes perfect. You can start where you are now, and as you progress with your push-up sets, the form will also steadily improve. If you can’t do this exercise, then planting your knees to the floor and doing a modified one is one option. However, this leaves the chance to cheat when you’re on the way up. The other option is doing push-ups from your toes. You can do this by adding slight elevation to the surface on which you keep your hands.
While you’re on your journey of why you should do push-ups, wondering how deep to go is a good question. The answer to this question can be different. It depends on your shoulder health. Everyone doesn’t have the same construction to their shoulder anatomy. People also have different injury histories. This is why bearing a certain load may hurt some people more than others. However, in an ideal situation, the human body should be able to bear load in any position. If you do not have any injury history and are pain-free, then there’s no reason why you can’t go to the full range of motion. To put it simply, as long as it doesn’t hurt, you should be able to do fine.