1. There seems to be a debate about how your elbows go when you do a push up. I realized that my elbows seem to go out straight from my body when I do a push up. I read some articles saying that was bad, and meant my hands were in the wrong place. Thoughts?
2. This is a anatomy question, I guess. What muscles are you using when you are lowering yourself down? This is the part of the push up that I can simply not do when I am in the full push up position. I lower my body to a certain point, and my elbows just will simply not bend any farther. Would it be useful to target those specific muscles with weights?
3. I read somewhere about a way to improve the problem I mentioned in the last question. You lower yourself as low as you can, hold in a push up plank for a few seconds, and then try to go down again. Anyone tried this?
I'm really hoping I can graduate to big kid push ups soon. It's frustrating, because I think it is just really hard for me to build muscle in my upper body. I never remember being able to do a push up properly, (let alone a pull up,) even when I was working out every day in high school on the rowing team. Also, about 4 years ago I had a rotator cuff injury, so basically just stopped anything I was doing in my upper body.
I'd love suggestions about my push up problems!