How To: Strengthen your upper body with close grip push ups

Strengthen your upper body with close grip push ups

Learn how to do close grip push ups. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life.

Benefits
Push-ups are a great exercise because they work the entire chest and triceps while also training coordination and stamina. The close-grip variation of the standard push-up puts the hands closer together, which makes the triceps work harder and also challenges the front deltoids.

Starting Position
Position yourself on the floor in a prone position (face down) with your legs together and extended straight behind you, your elbows in close to your body, and your hands directly underneath your shoulders. Support yourself on your toes and your hands, with your palms down on the ground. Your arms should be straight but without locked elbows. Your spine should be neutral with no arch.

Exercise
1. From the starting position, slowly bend your arms and descend toward the floor. Keep your neck in line with your spine throughout the movement; do not jut your chin out towards the floor at the bottom of the movement. Stop when your elbows are at a 90-degree angle.
2. Reverse position and push back up to the starting position. Do not lock your elbows at the top of the movement.
3. Without pausing at the top, immediately descend into your next rep.

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