EXERCISE OF THE WEEK: Push up.

push up A   push up B

Lie on the floor face down and place your hands about 24 inches apart while holding your torso (upper body) up at arm’s length. Next, lower yourself downward until your chest almost touches the floor as you inhale. Now breathe out and press your upper body back up to the starting position while squeezing your chest. After a brief pause at the top contracted position, you can begin to lower yourself downward again for as many repetitions as needed.

Caution: make sure your body is straight through out the movement (your butts should be in line with your body). Make sure the only parts of your body in contact with the floor are your palms and toes.

Targeted muscles:

Primary muscle; Chest.

Secondary muscles; Triceps, shoulder, back.

Equipments used: Body

Note: there are other variations of this exercise such as the close grip push up, wide grip push up, inclined and declined push up, and so on. In the case of the close grip push up the triceps become the primary muscles and the chest becomes one of the secondary muscles.

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