How To: Strengthen your upper body with shoulder push ups

Strengthen your upper body with shoulder push ups

Learn how to do shoulder push up. Presented by Real Jock Gay Fitness Health & Life.

If you can already do full handstand push-ups, you probably already have rippling shoulder muscles. If you can't, don't despair, because you can build up to handstand push-ups using these introductory shoulder push-ups, which work the shoulders hard but not too hard by applying only some of your body weight.

Starting Position
Begin in piked-up position on the floor, with your hips in the air, your palms flat on the floor a little more than shoulder-width apart in front of you, your legs as straight as possible, your feet hip-width apart with heels slightly off the ground, and your body supported by your hands and the balls of your feet. Keep your neck in line with your spine throughout this entire movement. The more you are able to keep your hips up high over your shoulders throughout the movement, the easier it will be to progress to the more advanced variations of the exercise.

1. From the starting position, slowly lower down your body into a push-up until your the crown of your head almost touches the floor.
2. Reverse the motion and push your upper body back up to the starting position. Your shoulders should do the majority of the work.

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