Don’t give up on pushups just yet! The total-body move can help you slim down everywhere, and with tons of variations, you’ll never plateau. Pushups are especially great for your chest, triceps, and entire core, says Curtis Williams, Under Armour Performance Coach. “Whether you’re new to exercise or a professional athlete, pushups are still beneficial,” he says. We tapped Williams and pushup guru Angela Reynolds, a personal trainer at New York Health & Racquet Club, for their top push-up rules to know.
Start from the Bottom
Beginning your push-up on the ground is a great way to ensure you’re doing the move correctly and building endurance through your core, says Williams. It also helps you decide if you need to modify. Lay on the ground with legs locked and abs tight, then press off. If you can’t maintain a flat back, try a modified push-up or keep practicing to increase your strength.