The correct push-up form during workouts? (with background)

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  • The correct push-up form during workouts? (with background)

    Hi!

    I've been exercising for a few years and in the past year I have gotten much more serious about it.

    I had remembered doing some older "NeilaRey.com" workouts like Deadpool and Captain America so I tried visiting the site a month and a half ago and discovered Darebee.

    I'm loving this site so far and I've been getting really good results from the workouts and the nutrition information!

    I decided it was time to start a program and I tried Avatar Upgrade first and did half of it before having to drop it because I took too long of a break because of exams.

    Anyways, I decided to start Military Fit and day one kicked my ass at lvl 1!

    My main question is what type of push up does this program require, the type when you bend your elbows outwards, or the kind when you keep your forearm straight and shift your body forward?

    I can do 20 reps of the latter, but not multiple sets of it (maybe 2).

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Originally posted by Vizceral View Post
    My main question is what type of push up does this program require, the type when you bend your elbows outwards, or the kind when you keep your forearm straight and shift your body forward?
    I can do 20 reps of the latter, but not multiple sets of it (maybe 2).
    Thanks in advance!
    Welcome back. Bending elbows outwards is a no-no. It puts your elbow joint at higher risk of injury.
    Remember


    Take a look at this video if you have any more questions about proper push-up form.

    Good luck with your training.

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    • #3
      Welcome!

      I believe the standard push-up is the former one you're describing, in which the chest is brought straight down rather than levered forward. You can check the exercise library for visual reference regarding push-ups and many other exercises you might come across in the Darebee workouts.

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      • #4
        Thank you!

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        • #5
          So I'll respond to my own question now that I've read the instruction manual tab, so it seems like full push ups are what is required and when it becomes too much switch to knee full pushups.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Vizceral View Post
            So I'll respond to my own question now that I've read the instruction manual tab, so it seems like full push ups are what is required and when it becomes too much switch to knee full pushups.
            Right. I don't mean to poop on your parade or anything - but if you find lvl 1 of military fit too hard, maybe it's worth looking into different programs like 30 Days of Gravity / Strength / Combat HIIT / 30 Days of HIIT / Advanced.

            The main thing is consistency - if you feel like you can stick with military fit until completion, then by all means, do. Just try to avoid program hopping - you'll get much better gains staying true to the direction chosen and avoiding confusing your body.

            Good luck with your training.

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            • #7
              Try to do PU with elevated hands if you have problems with regular ones.

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