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Personal Trainer Rich Thurman demonstrates an Intermediate Level Strict Push Up
Instructions: Start with hands and knees on the floor/ground with the hands directly under the shoulder joint. Open the fingers for maximum contact with the floor.
-Rotate or twist the arms so that your elbow crease is forward and the back of your elbow is pointing behind you. Raise into a plank position.
-Engage the core and keep a completely flat position from head to toe without sagging in the low back.
-Slowly descend towards the floor. The elbows should bend backwards and should be tight to the body instead of flared out to the sides.
Note: For beginners, you may want to begin from the knees. However, make sure your knees are back fare enough that your body remains flat from head to knee without the butt in the air.
Keep the head neutral throughout the exercise. Athlete should not be looking forward or other directions.
Benefits: The Strict Push Up is a great exercise for complete engagement of the chest, lats and triceps. It also protects the shoulders for people with shoulder impingement issues. Many times while doing other types of push ups the shoulders may experience pain due to the angle of the upper arms and a lack of shoulder stability.
This exercise also teaches you to engage the lats more effectively for support during push movements.
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