Proper Push-Up Form
Sep 30, 2021
Hey everybody, mister Brown here. Today we're going to be talking about proper push up form. We see that a lot of junior high kids really struggle with that proper form and it limits the number of push ups that they can do. When you're students are performing push ups, the issue that we see a lot of is when the kids go down, they have their elbows go straight out to the side like this. It's going to put a lot of strain on their shoulders and it's not going to allow them to use their pets to perform the push ups. What you want to focus on is as they go down, their elbows should go back at a 45° angle. So as I go down my elbows go back, and then up, this is going to allow me to use my text to perform the exercise. You're going to take a lot of strain off my shoulders. Another issue we see is with hand position. You'll see a lot of junior high students have their hands way too far forward. This is going to make it very difficult to continually perform proper push ups or to even do one correctly. So make sure the hand position is correct. Make sure the elbows are going back at a 45° angle and not out to the side. If your students are still struggling, which allowed students will, and that's fine. Have them get in the proper push up position. And then drop their knees forming a ramp. See how the body makes a ramp this way now when they go down. It's not as difficult. And they can focus on that proper form. Another modification that you can use is having them perform the push ups on a raised surface. I have on that here. It can be a map or stairs or a few bleachers that come up. You can use those as well. Raise surface is going to make it a little bit easier for them. Go up, focus once again. Elbows going back. And then up. Finally, the last thing to look out for is I call it the chest trains during the push ups. And this is a way that kids try to do the push up correctly, but they're taking out the difficulty of it and they're not getting that workout. And what that will look like is they go down, up like that, and then raise their kits. Make sure the body stays in one flat surface. And that's how you perform the proper push up. Try some of these modifications, see if we can help our students out.