Research shows push-ups increase strength considerably
MISSOULA, Mont. —
Coaches say too many exercisers focus on the lower body and miss all the benefits of also building strength in the upper body.
Building all muscle groups helps burn more calories and stabilize the body.
Research shows push-ups can build upper body muscles considerably.
"I have found that people are very weak in their arms and their ability to do push-ups. Push-ups are fantastic. You can do modified versions," said Megan Phaff, a certified trainer with Curves.
Trainers at Curves fitness say you can start out with a wall push-up.
"Make sure you are on your toes. So this is going to be a little bit easier version than being on your knees," said Phaff.
You can modify push up with knee drops.
"Start on your toes. Come down on your knees. Do your push-up. Lift your knees up again. Then, drop your knees, and do your push-up," said Phaff.
Research shows the amount of support required from other parts of the body make regular push-ups work more than just the chest and shoulders.
Another push-up plus? You can do them anywhere.
Experts suggest doing as many as you can before your upper body fails and you can't maintain good form.
Because you only use your own body weight, a number of organizations say the average person can do push-ups every day.