Should women do push ups? Our short answer is… of course!
Our female clients have sculpted beautiful feminine looking arms, shoulders and chests by including push up variations in their workout program. And they don’t just outperform many of the men in their lives… They look smashing in a sleeveless gown too!
But we could tell you that until we’re blue in the face and you still might not believe us. Why? Because we have different naughty bits and that apparently kills our credibility.
[voice from another room: he means “because we’re guys”!]
Instead of telling you how girls should train, we decided to ask female fitness expert Flavia Del Monte to weigh in on the subject.
Here’s what she had to say…
Hah! And there you have it, straight from the source. And holy crap, did you see the arms and shoulders on Flavia??? Did she look great in that sleeveless top or what? Did she look anything less than feminine and fantastic? That is what push ups will do for you.
Here’s a summary of the main points Flavia gave for perfect push ups (guys, you can benefit from these too…).
- Keep your shoulders over your hands
- Tighten the core
- Get a nice straight line from head to foot (or to knee)
- Lower to the ground under control
- Press off the ground forcefully
What if you can’t do a push up yet? No worries. You can work with the starter version. WE would never call it a “girl’s push up” — but Flavia did… All the same cues apply as the regular push up, but you’re contacting the ground with your knees instead of your feet.
And what if you’re an old pro at the push up? Flav has you covered. Try the “walking” version. It’s a great core builder, and it adds variety and interest to your workout. As you reach the top position in your press, shimmy the hand and foot on one side of your body over a few inches. Then bring the opposite hand and foot along too so that you end up back in your perfect starting position, but a few inches over from where you began.
So what are you waiting for? Get to work!
Ladies, do you do push ups? If yes, what sort of results are you getting? If no, are you going to try them now? Let us know in the comments. We’ll ask Flav to drop by and answer any questions you might have.
Enjoy your next push up workout!
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