As coaches, we continually push each of you to improve form and technique, while also encouraging you to hold a high quality of movement standards. Though the push-up is a simple bodyweight movement, it is a very difficult movement to maintain the correct positions on throughout the movement. Oftentimes positions are compromised due to a lack of strength for proper technique or due to bad habits that have been ingrained over a long period of time.
In a push-up, errors can occur from the get-go. Examples include an ugly set-up, sagging the hips or leading with the wrong body part. Form may also break down during the push-up while your body is under fatigue. For instance, elbows flying out wide, lack of core engagement and “snaking” up.
Rather than explaining the push-up myself, I’m going to leave the progression to the CrossFit gymnastics guru himself: Carl Paoli. I highly encourage you all to stick around and watch these videos. They are short, sweet and full of great information!
P.S. Keep in mind a scaled push-up doesn’t mean failure! It just means you are keeping proper form while gaining the strength to move to the floor.
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Pushup Progression Part 1:
Pushup Progression: Part 2