The Push Up

The perfect compliment to any exercise regimen, the push up will develop your chest and shoulders as well as your abdominal muscles.

The abdominal strengthening component is very beneficial for the spine, as a strong core takes pressure off the back. People with a strong core generally have less incidence of lower back pain.

Good form is essential!

Good form is essential!

Once commonly associated with traditional military training, the push up is now modifiable for any body. The push up is a top priority training exercise that you can do anywhere, no equipment needed.

Additional benefits include:

  • Improved posture
  • Improved balance
  • Engages many body parts
  • Modifiable for all levels of fitness

Good push up form is critical. Never sacrifice good form just to complete more reps. For a perfect pushup:

  • Avoid sagging or piking
  • Keep a straight head and neck
  • Place hands directly under shoulders
  • Execute the full range of motion, about an inch or two from the floor

If you need to keep your knees on the floor, make sure to keep your body straight from the top of your head to the bottom of your spine as you are pushing up your upper body. 

A strong core and upper body will help you attain your training goals faster. For more training advice, contact us!




Dr. Mike Urban's experience in sport performance training, cardiovascular rehabilitation, and neuromusculoskeletal chiropractic disciplines have been achieved through field experience and extensive education that includes training through Chapel, McMurtrie and Bartlett Chiropractic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Chesterfield, Missouri. Dr. Urban checks his email daily and welcomes any questions, comments, or inquiries to

Posted on April 20, 2015 and filed under wellness & conditioning.