I know that for females, push ups are a very challenging exercise. It took me YEARS to be able to do a standard push up on my toes with the correct technique. So in this blog post, I am going to teach you how to go from not being able to do a push up, to being able to do push ups on your toes like a pro. Plus I’ll give you a few little challenges to try once you’ve mastered the push up.
CORRECT PUSH UP TECHNIQUE
Having correct technique is IMPORTANT! The majority of girls I see doing push ups, do them wrong. This is the correct technique.
- Hands just outside your shoulder width
- Body to remain in perfect plank position the entire way down and up
- When you bend your elbows to lower yourself down, your elbows should be pointing backwards
- Chest should almost touch the floor (if you can touch the floor, you’re awesome!)
1. REGRESSION: WALL PUSH UP
The further away from the wall you are, the harder it gets (and it becomes more of an incline push up).
2. REGRESSION: INCLINE PUSH UP
Push ups with your hands on an elevated platform. The lower the platform, the harder it gets.
Try to avoid doing push ups on your knees. It is better to do push ups on an incline to get your body used to being in the plank position.
3. FLOOR PUSH UP
Make sure you’re following all the correct technique tips above!
4. CHALLENGE: DIAMOND PUSH UP
Your hands should form a diamond. These are pretty tough on your triceps!
5. CHALLENGE: DECLINE PUSH UP
Taking it to the next level! Push ups with your feet on an elevated platform.
6. CHALLENGE: HANDSTAND PUSH UP
Holding the handstand position is already tough enough. Place a pillow or something soft under your head. Get into the handstand position, with your body being supported by the wall. Lower your head down and then push yourself back up.