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Physics tip for a better pushup

Most people do pushups in a way that only works the front of shoulders and can lead to impingement over time.

 

Your anterior deltoids (front of the shoulders) are not equipped to resist the weight of your body, so to optimize a pushup, it's best to utilize your chest muscles as well.

 

Today, I'll talk about a physics concept that will completely change how you feel pushups, reduce the risk of shoulder pain and injury, and improve your strength.

 

If you love to learn about these principles and want to apply them to teaching a fitness class, join the 200-hour Fitness Teacher Training that I'm hosting, starting in April 2021. The last day to sign up is March 1st.

 

This physics principle is called the ground reaction force.

 

This force is extremely important in exercise, yet it is rarely mentioned (and definitely isn't taught in most teacher trainings). It can completely change what muscles are targeted and the amount of stress moving through your joints.

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