Strength training for adults and kids is paramount to any workout program. Whether your goals are to improve your posture, balance, core strength, or simply strengthen your upper body, the one exercise that will help is the push-up.
The proper push-up form can be difficult. Several muscles in the chest, arms, shoulders, triceps, back, and neck all have to work in concert to perform this dynamic exercise flawlessly.
As a physical education teacher, I’ve observed the good, the bad, and the just plain ugly when it comes to push-ups.
The goal of this post is to help you and your students eliminate The Just Plain Ugly (PE teachers know what I’m talking about) as described below.
Each class will usually have a couple of students who are push-up masters. They’re often the students who are gymnasts, study a martial art form, or they’re just extremely active and possibly practice push-ups at home.
However, many students simply haven’t developed the necessary muscle strength to fulfill a proper push-up, and this is fine. After all, we can’t teach them to run before they can walk. There are several simple exercises that can assist kids and adults in developing their strength, allowing them to eventually perform a perfect traditional push-up.
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Flexed Arm Plank
Negative Countdown Push-up
“We must learn to walk before we can run.”
Let’s get rid of the bad and ugly push-ups and go for the perfect form one step at a time.