Anatomy of Push-Ups
performed by Chris Coghill, Austin Aquatics and Sports Academy
photography by Jessica Frey
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Alternating Medicine Ball Push-Up
Start in standard push-up position with one hand on the floor and the other hand on top of the medicine ball. Your body should be in a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Make sure that the hand on the medicine ball is stable before lowering into the descent. Do not let your elbows flare out during the movement.
Get into plank position, with your hands under but slightly outside of your shoulders. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor.
Get into plank position, with your hands on the mat directly under the chest making a triangle shape Lower your chin or chest touches the mat. If you can't go that low, go as low as you can and work to build enough strength to lower all the way down over time. Your elbows will naturally flare out to the side. Press back to start, keeping the torso rigid.