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Push Ups

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Illustrated below are two ways of properly performing a push up. Ask your PE teacher which one you are allowed to perform on your physical fitness test.

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1. Hands and Toes Push Up:

Begin with arms straight and vertical, hands palm down, fingers facing forward. Your hands should be lined up just outside of the shoulders. The body should be in a straight line from the ankle to the shoulders. It is important to maintain straight posture throughout the push-up. The balls of your feet should be on the ground. Only your hands and feet should contact the ground. To execute a push-up, keep your body straight, bend your arms until the elbow joint is bent past 90 degrees and then return to the starting position. Squeeze the chest and triceps throughout this exercise to focus on the pectorals and triceps.

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2. Hands and Knees (Modified) Push Up:

Begin with arms straight and vertical, hands palm down, fingers facing forward. Your hands should be lined up just outside of the shoulders. The body should be in a straight line from the knees to the shoulders. It is important to maintain straight posture throughout the push-up. Only your hands and knees should contact the ground. To execute a push-up, keep your body straight, bend your arms until the elbow joint is bent past 90 degrees and then return to the starting position. Squeeze the chest and triceps throughout this exercise to focus on the pectorals and triceps.


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