Upper Body Cross Training Exercises : Doing an Elevated Push Up Upper Body Exercise

Upper Body Cross Training Exercises : Doing an Elevated Push Up Upper Body Exercise


Hi, I’m Dr. Garrett Smith for Expert Village.
The exercise we’re going to go over now is another horizontal pushing movement. These
are elevated push ups. So these are a build up progression movement to doing normal push
ups. What we’re going to do on these is we’re going to elevate our hands so that we have
less of our body weight to push up. And you’ll see how that works in a second. As you know
in a normal push up I’d be all on the ground. My hands would be on the ground, I’d be going
in that manner. By moving the bar up, we make it easier. So, just set the bar in the supports,
where ever you need it. You can do this in a Smith Machine too, very easily. So, all
the normal push up rules apply. We want a straight body. Head’s in line with the spine.
And then when we go down, like we talked about in the knee push up, we don’t want the arms
to flare out to the sides. Which a lot of people who are new to push ups do. They try
to flare them out. This is really bad for your shoulders. So, when you go down; watch
my elbows. You want your elbows close to your sides. Ok, not out here. We want them here.
They don’t have to brush your sides, you just want them close. And you want to be with your
feet in a position, that when you go down, the bottom of your chest touches the bar.
Ladies, that includes you; your chest should touch the bar. Elbows stay relatively close
to the body. Chest touches the bar, and push up. So done normally, as you progress in strength, you can move
the bar lower and lower. These are a great progression to do after you’re able to do
knee push ups with some degree of skill. And you can move these down to the floor when
you learn the straight body position of push ups. While doing the correct movement to push
ups. The thing about knee push ups is they are a little different than normal push ups
in that you don’t have to keep your body as ridged and straight. These you have to keep
your body ridged and straight. So that the next progression towards being able to do
regular push ups and even more difficult versions of push ups in the future.

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