Push ups are an excellent exercise for using in bodyweight workout plans, and although they are straight forward, it is important to keep strict form to get the most out of them and to avoid injury.
Press ups work your chest, shoulders, and triceps and can be used with different techniques, in beginner to advanced training programs.
They are amazingly adaptable and versatile, and can be done literally anywhere you have enough space to lay down.
To protect your lower back, you should make sure you keep your belly button pulled back to engage your underlying core muscles and brace your abs while you perform the exercise.
This will help you maintain a strong position with your spine in neutral alignment.
Take a look at our video tutorial below where I guide you through the exercise and outline the main technique points of how to do push ups.
If you need something to print off and take to the gym as a reminder, the step-by-step exercise technique is further down this page.