Ah Push Up! Push Up Good! – Move of the Month – Nov-17

Each month at Move Move we set ourselves a Move of the Month Challenge. Throughout the month we focus on mastering that move. Sometimes our Move of the Month is just one move, other times it maybe a series of moves. But our aim is to progress in some way.

This month we’re pushing ourselves with Push-Ups. From the classic mat version that incorporates a roll-down & plank to variations using the wall and reformer we’ll be trying them all.

Here are a few of my favourite ways to mix up a basic push-up:

  • Use a wall – if you struggle with push-ups on the floor, start with wall push-ups. Start standing straight and as you improve move your feet further away from the wall taking more weight into your arms. We also love using the barre on our Towers!
  • Triceps – wherever you’re doing your push-up a narrow hand position to start and focus on angling your elbow back more will challenge your triceps. Good-bye batwings!
  • On the Reformer – kneeling with hands on the footbar, move the carriage away from the stopper. Mix it up with different springs – light will challenge your abs and stability, heavier will put more focus onto your chest. Like the wall push-up you can change the angle – just move the carriage in or out.
  • Feel the Halo – our Halo Trainers give push ups that little bit of zing! Used in the stable position they can help with wrist issues, used in the unstable position and hello core!

Wherever you’re doing your push-ups this month, remember that the first rule of push-ups is shoulder stability. Focus on getting your shoulders in a good position and maintaining it throughout the move.

Man doing press-up on pilates tower
Women doing long stretch on reformer
Man and Woman doing pilates press ups
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