“Drop and give me 20!” We’ve all heard this at some point from a personal trainer, PE teacher or coach. While push-ups can sometimes feel like a punishment, they’re one of the best exercises out there. No equipment is necessary (just you!), they can be modified to any skill level, and they can help improve daily function whether you are an Olympian or an arm-chair athlete.
Push-ups target your chest and arm muscles, aid with shoulder stabilization, and work your core. As in everyday life, it is critical in athletics to be able to lift your own body weight. Push-ups are a perfect way to do just that, and can easily be incorporated into any training program. Whether you do a few before your morning run, or are repping it out during your daily work-out, push-ups are an easy, affordable, and functional way to introduce fitness to your daily routine.
The upcoming Push Up & Up Challenge is a great way to get a good workout, challenge your personal best in number of push-ups that you can complete, and to support your community. The Push Up & Up Challenge in on April 28th at Marion Square, and proceeds benefit Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area.
One very important thing to remember about doing push-ups is that it is not just about repetitions; as with all exercises and sports performance training, proper technique is extremely important in order to focus on the target muscles and to prevent injuries. This summer MUSC will be hosting a Sports Performance Program where high school aged athletes can learn proper techniques, and train to be stronger, faster, and more agile athletes.
For more information on the MUSC Sports Performance Camp visit our website.
For more information on the Push Up & Up Challenge website.
Thanks to Lindsey Clark, MS, ATC-L, CMT for this information. Lindsey is one of the Athletic Trainers in the MUSC Sports Medicine program.