Simply Sweat will be releasing a series of interactive workout videos over the coming weeks. We want to provide you with fun ways of mixing up your exercise routines, bringing you expert advice on building upper and lower body strength, in fun, safe and convenient way.
How to do Press Ups – Simply Sweat Interactive Video Trainer
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“Hello, and welcome to another instructional video from Simply Sweats. Today
we’re going to be looking at press ups.
Now, to begin with, we’re going to be looking at the very basic box press
up. This is a very good one for people just starting out with this
All you have to do, have a nice box or a step, just to put your hands
against. Get yourself nice and comfortable, knees on the ground about hip
width apart, back nice and straight. Looking forwards, bend the arms to
about 90 degrees, straighten the arms up again. Very simple. That’s all
there is to it.
If you find that even this exercise is too difficult for you, what you can
do is make use of any stairs in your home. For example, if you go up to
your stairs, just lean against maybe the fifth or sixth stair up, do some
press ups against that. That should make things quite easy for you. You
should be okay. As soon as you get to the point where you can do, say, 10
of them, move down to the next step. That will make it slightly difficult.
Keep doing that exercise until, again, you can do 10 of those comfortably.
After a little while, again move down a step. Eventually, by following this
process, you will get to the position where your body has adjusted enough
and adapted to the point where you an do press ups, either on the bottom
step or the box press up on the ground like we’re about to demonstrate.
For the full box press up, hands on the ground, knees on the ground there.
You want your arms just in front of the shoulders, looking forwards. When
you do the press up, make sure you pivot on the knees, like so. Forwards
and up. Very simple. That’s all there is to it.
Now, of course, there is much more you can do with this. The next exercise
we’re going to look at is the basic full press up. From there, we will then
have a look at how to make that more interesting.
Full basic press up, hands on the ground, feet out straight. Keep the feet
together, body nice and straight. Looking forwards, bend the elbows to at
least 90 degrees and then straighten them again, like so. Arms bent. Arms
straight. Very simple. Arms bent. Arms straight.
Now, if you want to make this more interesting, then there are a number of
things you can do, because you shouldn’t think that all this does is work
the chest and the shoulders and the triceps. It can work many other parts.
The next one we’re going to look at, though, is focusing more on the
triceps. For this exercise, hands shoulder width apart, a little bit
further down than you normally would go. Feet out straight. Make sure that
when you bend the arms, the side of the arms brushes against the ribs, like
so. Arms bent. Arms straight. Arms bent. Arms straight. By doing that one,
that will focus more on the triceps and the front of the shoulders.
However, if you want to work more of the chest, you need to take the arms
wider. So again, arms out nice and wide. Feet out straight. Body nice and
strong. Stomach strong. Arms bent, again to 90 degrees. Arms straight. Arms
bent. Arms straight.
As I mentioned, the press up isn’t just an exercise for the upper body. If
you want to work the core, there are a number of different things you can
do. This next exercise is known as the marine press up or the Spiderman
press up. All you have to do, when you bend the arms, bring one knee at a
time out to the side, to your elbow, like so. Again, typical press up
position, as you go down, knee to the elbow. Bent. Straight. Then do the
other side. Arms bent. Arms straight.
By doing that, you’re changing the whole dynamic of the exercise. Because
your leg is coming out to the side, you’ve changed your center of gravity.
Your core has to work a lot harder, and that is starting to work lots of
So there we go. That was a short instructional video on how to do press
ups. Feel free to take a look at some of our other videos or visit
SimplySweat.com. Thank you.”