3 moves to improve your push-ups
Here, Von Frohlich demonstrates two exercises that will strengthen your abs, back, and glutes in one motion, helping you build stability from the top of your head to your tailbone.
And he shares a push-up variation that's easier to do but will still allow you to progress towards perfection (unlike dropping to your knees). Here are three moves to improve your push-ups...
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Start by lying down on your back. Point your toes, tighten up your legs, and "flex every muscle you have control over." Lift your shoulders and legs up as you reach forward, holding onto your thighs if you need assistance. Get your shoulders off of the ground, so that only your lower back and glutes touch the floor, and then rock forward and backwards, your entire body moving as a unit. "The important thing is to keep the lower back flat and the glutes and abs tight, so you’re not arching your back."
This push-up variation will allow you to practice perfect form while taking some of the weight off your arms. (Von Frohlich says push-ups on your knees aren't going to do the trick.) You can do this push-up on a bar (pictured), use a park bench, or use a wall. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, tighten your abs and glutes, and move your entire body down until your chest touches the bar. Push back up immediately, in a fluid motion, without resting at the bottom.