RTS Coaching: Hips First on Push-ups


Since the beginning of time, people have been doing push-ups to get into better shape.

In fact, the push-up may be the single-most performed exercise on the planet, simply because you can do it anywhere, anytime, and get in a great workout.

However, like most exercises, there are little things you can do to make a big impact on your technique and performance.

In today’s video, we’re going to cover one of the most common issues I see: Performing push-ups with the hips too high.

After watching the video, I’m not sure there’s a ton I need to reinforce here. If you have athletes who are performing the push-up with their hips too high, do the following:

  • Get them in an ideal starting position first. You should have a neutral spine with 3-points of contact, a good reach through the arms, and a tight core/midsection.
  • Once set, cue the athlete to lead with their hips. When they do this it will break the standard motor pattern where they initiate the exercise by leading with the torso.
  • Keep the spine neutral throughout, and finish with a nice reach at the top.

And if you want a thorough overview on push-up technique and performance, be sure to check out this article:

How to Push-up

Give this cue/tip a shot next time you’re in the gym – I guarantee it’s going to make those push-ups better as a result!

All the best


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