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You Can Do Perfect Pushups

Reach Your Fitness Goals!
  -- By Jason Anderson and Nicole Nichols, Certified Fitness Professionals
Make your fitness dreams come true once and for all, starting with the classic pushup!

Pushups tend to be much easier for men, since they have greater muscle mass and strength than women. But you don't have to be G.I. Jane to master the "boy" pushup. Before you can perform real pushups, you have to build enough strength in your upper body to handle your body weight, and a strong core (a variety of crunches and plank exercises will help) to stabilize your body in the pushup position. The following exercise progressions will help strengthen the major muscles involved in pull ups until you're strong enough to do them on your own.
 
Time Involved: Two 10-minute sessions a week, for several weeks
Muscles Worked: Chest, Shoulders and Triceps
 
How to Train at the Gym
A variety of gym machines and equipment can help you build strength for your pushups. How to Train Without Equipment
If you don’t have access to strength training equipment, another great way to train is by using a set of stairs. Performing pushups on an incline (like placing your hands on a wall, or on an elevated surface) is easier. Because your weight is distributed differently, you're lifting less of your body weight when on an incline. So this is a great way to start! How to Train with a Stability Ball
You can also use a stability ball to help you progress to full push up! When doing pushups on a stability ball, the exercise will be easier when the ball is closer to your hips, and harder when the ball is closer to your feet. General Training Tips Good luck reaching your goals!

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