16 September, 2008
How to Use the Perfect Pushup
Perfect Pushup handles are an exercise tool used to enhance the difficulty and results of doing basic pushups. The handles rotate as you go up and down in your pushup routine, effectively targeting more muscle groups than standard pushups. At first, they can be challenging to use compared to standard pushups, but if you know how to use them properly, with consistent use, you'll get stronger and your repetitions will increase.
Assemble your handles. Depending on which version of the handles you bought, they may need to be put together (most versions do not have detachable handles). If so, snap each handle onto its flat rotating base. Make sure both handles are firmly attached to their bases before continuing.
Place the Perfect Pushup handles on the ground in front of you shoulder-width apart from each other. The grips should be running horizontally.
Grip the handles and get into proper pushup form just as you would with standard pushups. Keep your back straight--not arched--and your neck straight, with your head facing the ground. Extend arms with a slight bend in the elbow.
Lower your body toward the ground until your elbow reaches a 90-degree angle. This motion is the same as with a standard pushup, but as you do this, rotate the handles of the Perfect Pushup 90 degrees clockwise, so at the bottom of the move, the handles are running vertically or parallel with your body. Breathe in as your lower your body.
Exhale and raise your body. Return to your starting position while rotating the handles back 90 degrees counterclockwise to their original position. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you reach your desired number of repetitions.
You can add difficulty to your pushups by widening or narrowing your grip.
Refer to the Perfect Pushup workout guide to help you achieve the best results.
You should not use any kind of pushup handles if you suffer from shoulder or elbow pain, as the exercise will put substantial pressure on these joints.
- You can add difficulty to your pushups by widening or narrowing your grip or lowering yourself halfway down.
- You should not use any kind of pushup handles if you suffer from shoulder or elbow pain, as the exercise will put substantial pressure on these joints.