Learn how to perform a push-up perfectly with instructions and video by SHOCK Fitness Trainer, Ashley Steele.

How to Push-Up

Primary Muscles: Upper Body,  Chest

Equipment: Bodyweight

Exercise Families: Push-Up

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Begin in the push-up position with the feet hip-width apart. Slowly shift your weight forward until the shoulders are positioned directly over the hands.

  2. Reposition the hands as needed to allow full extension of the body without any bend at the hips or knees. Stiffen the torso by contracting your core muscles.

  3. Slowly descend to the floor while maintaining a rigid torso, lower with control until the torso or chin are a few inches from the ground. Pause briefly.

  4. Press the body away from the ground until the arms are fully extended at the elbows. Be sure to keep a rigid torso, the head aligned with the spine. Do not allow the low back to sag or the hips to hike. Repeat the movement for the specified amount of time or repetitions.

  5. You should feel this working the arms, chest, triceps, and shoulders. 

Alternative Exercises:

Incline Push-Up  Modified Push-Up

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