It’s tempting to knock push ups out at speed, dipping the back, or pushing from your stomach to raise up. It’s important to maintain a good posture throughout and make sure you are using your arms to push.
Follow these tips for a perfect push up:
Maintain this form now as you lower yourself with your arms so the elbows are at a 90 degree angle or less. Some people can take their chest right down to the floor, but only go as low as you can deal with without losing that form.
Keep your elbows tucked in as best you can, without them flailing out to the sides. When your chest is on the floor, or you are as low as you can go, pause for a second before pushing up in a controlled manner.
Carry on until your form dips. As soon as it does - stop.
I think it does matter - nose down makes it quite easy to strain your neck. And also very wise advice to stop when the form goes. Not worth the injury!
Hi Claire,. I don't think it matters too much really, as long as your back is straight, your arms are straight and your neck is relaxed. It's more a matter of personal preference, as far as I can tell. I've certainly never been told otherwise.
I often forget to look ahead as it feels easier to look straight down. Why is this so important?