Talk wrote:Okay, is the correct way to do push ups to basically line your hands up with your shoulders and have your elbows bend towards your waist, or is that just a way to do it that concentrates on your biceps there's not really a "correct" way?
Here's what I consider "good form" for a standard pushup:
- the body is straight; no sagging hips or butt in the air
- feet together
- look onto the floor
- hands close to your body = next to your armpits when you go down
- go all the way up to elbow lockout and all the way down to lightly touching the ground with your chest
hand/feet placement may differ depending on the variation (wide grip, close grip, tiger bend, Lalanne pushup...), the straightbody is a given unless you're doing some kind of hindu pushup. Also, please work on this standard form for a bit and don't rush the reps - you'll find it a much harder exercise than you thought it would be. so many guys place their hands wide apart, keep their body in an a frame and just shrug their elbows a little.
And pushups do not train the biceps. The biceps' task is to flex the elbow joint against resistance; since gravity actually assists you in flexing it during a pushup, there is no strain on the biceps. Well, maybe a minor isometric challenge at lockout, but I think we can ignore that.