Pilates Push-up Prep–The Best Way to Learn Push-ups

push up prepThere are many ways to do a push up. Do you know the ad slogan, “There’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s”? Well, unfortunately, in the world of push ups, there are some really wrong ways. If you practice push ups with bad form, you can easily injure muscles in your arms and shoulders.

The Pilates Push up prep is, in my opinion, the best way to learn how to do a push up. This exercise puts you into a safe position and asks you to mindfully work. Because of the three-part breath down, you can quickly feel what it’s like when you let yourself lower too far. This quick feedback teaches you correct form and helps you prevent injury.

Push up Prep

  1. Begin on your hands and knees with your hands under your shoulders and your knees behind your hips. From the top of your head to the backs of your knees, you should make a straight diagonal line.
  2. Spread your fingers.
  3. You can bring your knees together or have them hip-width apart. Also, you can bend your knees on keep your shins on the mat. It’s personal preference.
  4. Engage your abdominals and draw your belly button toward your spine.
  5. Inhale for three counts as you bend your elbows and move deep, deeper, deepest into your push up. Make sure that your elbows move on a diagonal line behind you as they bend. You don’t want them right by your ribs or out to the side. Right in between those two extremes is your goal.
  6. Exhale and push up.
  7. Do 5-10 reps.

Push up Prep Video

Here is a video for visual learners.

What do you think about the unique breathing in Push up prep? Let us know in the comments below.

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About Sarah Stockett

Hi, I'm Sarah! I'm a certified Pilates and yoga instructor with a passion for pain relief. I believe you can use simple exercises to relieve your aches + pains. AND, I believe I can teach you how.