How To Master Your Push-Up: 60 Seconds To Fit

Did you set a resolution to move even more in the new year? Or, are you just looking to kick off a new fitness routine? Our video series, 60 Seconds To Fit, is here to help. Each one-minute clip breaks down a different exercise, showing you how to do it with perfect form. “In the beginning, you might perform the moves at a slower pace and for a shorter duration than you expected, and that’s okay,” explains celebrity trainer Suzanne Bowen. “Having good form means you’ll work the correct muscles — and help prevent injuries. It’s about cultivating strength and control,” she says.

Push-Up
We’re all familiar with this arm-toning move, but many of us don’t do it correctly. One of the most common mistakes? Letting your elbows flare out. This not only makes the move less effective; it can also put strain on your joints. Instead, make sure you keep your elbows close to your torso. And, don't let your head drop or your back sag — you want to keep your body in a strong, straight line.

For beginners: Start by doing the move on your knees. Aim to do 5-8 push-ups, rest, and repeat. If the push-ups feel too challenging, don’t lower your chest all the way to the floor; you can increase your range of motion as you get stronger.

To make it more challenging, come up onto the balls of your feet. Aim to do 10-15 push-ups. Rest and repeat.