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Personal Trainer Rich Thurman demonstrates an Intermediate Level Frog Push Up (Quad Pushup)
Instructions: Start with hands and knees on the floor/ground with the hands directly under the shoulder joint and knees directly under the hips. Finger tips should be facing inward towards each other. Open the fingers for maximum contact with the floor.
-Elbows should be facing outwards.
-Engage the core and keep a completely flat position of the back. Lift the knees off the floor and keep the knees bent at 90 degrees.
-Slowly descend bending the elbows outwards. As you lower your body, your knees should sprawl and flare outwards, opening at the hips and stretching the inner thighs.
-Push back upwards and the knees come back to the starting position.
Note: Some athletes will have a tendency to bring the feet too far back. They must be at, or as close to 90 degrees as possible.
Benefits: The Frog Push Up is a great exercise for complete engagement of the shoulders, rear debts and upper back as well as the inner thigh muscles. Due to the fact that your center of mass is condensed, your shoulders will get a lot of work
Some athletes may find this movement easier than the strict push up because there is less core involvement. This also depends on the strengths and weaknesses of the individual athlete.
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