Get it Right: 3 Steps to the Perfect Push-Up

By: StacyAtZeel

Working out with a personal trainer, even just a few times in one's life, can be key to exercising properly each time you pick up a weight, unfurl a mat or hop on a machine. As for push-ups, it's definitely in your best interest to get these simple old-school exercises right - they can do wonders for your body.

Says Zeel Expert Franklin Antoian, "The best way to get maximum benefit from push-ups or any other exercise is to use correct form."

Push-ups can be a great, efficient exercise for the entire body, but for maximum results, Charlotte-based personal trainer Christina Tyler recommends military style. That means:

  • Keep your back flat. Sometimes, doing your push-ups in front of a mirror can help to visualize this streamlined look.
  • Keep your tummy and hips tucked. Again, a mirror will show you where you're sagging and how to better tighten up your core.
  • Breathe! Lots of people hold their breath while exercising because, for lack of a more scientific explanation, they forget! Christina reminds us to inhale on the descent and exhale while pushing back up.

For a great example, check out this video on Franklin's website ibodyfit, and then try and emulate the trainer's movements. And of course, if you're still unsure of how to perfect your push-up - or any other exercise, for that matter - you can always book a session with a personal trainer who can get you on the right path.