The pushup is, without question, one of the best exercises that has been used for thousands for years. If there was a list of “best exercises,” no doubt the pushup would be in there. This exercise can be used for a variety of training goals including: chest, shoulder, and tricep development, core activation training, general physical preparedness (GPP), and for transferring force from the core into the arms.
Here is a video that shows you exactly how to perform a pushup correctly, and offers you some interesting variations to try out:
How To: Pushup Technique and Variations by John Sifferman
There are many other pushup variations that I did not cover in this video. Some ideas are doing pushups with bands, or with a weighted vest on. Doing single-arm pushups, even if they are assisted, is also a great way to build up horizontal pressing strength. Incline, decline, plyometric, staggered hand position, spiderman pushups, the list goes on.
Your Question of the Day is: How many pushups can you do, and what is your record?
To your health and success,
P.S. Make sure to tell us what kind of pushups you did, when you did them, and how great you felt the next day!