How to Master the Perfect Press Up and Build a Better Chest

a man doing push up on the side street near brick walls

Want to build a better chest and master the perfect press up technique? Well, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive into the deep end, shall we? 

First, let’s get this straight – the press up, or the push up as our American cousins call it, is a staple in any workout routine. It doesn’t just build your chest muscles, it also works your shoulders, triceps, and core, making it a comprehensive upper-body exercise. 

  • Perfect Form: It’s all about the form, lads. Start in a high plank position, keep your back straight, and engage your core. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart.
  • Lower Down: As you lower your body, keep your elbows close to your body. Aim to get your chest to lightly touch the floor, no cheating now!
  • Push Up: Push back up with the same, controlled movement. And there you have it, one perfect press up.

But how do you take your press ups to the next level and build a better chest? Here’s the secret. 

“It’s all about variation and consistency.”

Adding variations to your press ups can target different parts of your chest and give you that well-rounded look. Here are three variations to try: 

  1. Wide Press Ups: By positioning your hands wider than shoulder-width, you’re challenging your chest muscles more.
  2. Decline Press Ups: Prop your feet on a raised surface. This will target the upper part of your chest more.
  3. Diamond Press Ups: Bring your hands close together to form a ‘diamond’. This variation works your triceps harder and also hits your lower chest.

Remember, it’s not about how many press ups you can do, but how well you do them. Quality over quantity, always. 

Keep at it consistently, and soon enough, you’ll see the results – a stronger, better chest and an improved press up technique. So, what are you waiting for? Get pressing!

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