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One of the most accessible exercises around is the push-up. You can do them in a hotel room, on a bench, or in the middle of a field. The challenge is that push-ups are not easy for everyone. Take a look around at your local gym and you’ll likely see some pretty atrocious form.
Today I am going to take you through my top push-up cues to help you gain confidence and strength with this awesome exercise. Nailing your push-ups is like a major ego boost and helps to greatly improve your core and upper body strength.
Here is one of my favourite push-up variations, the hand release push-up. This move actually helps you learn to do a push-up properly, so I love to start my clients out with this before we even progress to the full meal deal. I first learned this variation from Jen Sinkler of Thrive as the Fittest. Jen coaches exercises that give a great bang for your buck in terms of your time in the gym and has some of the most creative and effective cues around.
When it comes to performing a hand release push-up, most of the cues are similar to those of a normal push-up:
Want some more cues and a demonstration? Watch the video below:
Now that you’ve got some of my favourite cues for this challenging exercise that targets the chest, shoulders, triceps, back extensors, mid-back muscles and deepest core stabilizers, hop to it!
Try the hand release push-up at your next workout, you can always start from your knees if you need to. Not only does this exercise target big muscle groups which contribute to the overall caloric-requirement of this move, it helps improve your traditional push-ups too.