Does it matter where my elbows point during pushups?
You basically have three options for where to send your elbows during a standard pushup: wide, tight to your ribs or about 45 degrees back.
"Bowing your arms out wide may cause you to hike up your shoulders, which fires up the trapezoid muscles and can limit your mobility." says Kelvin Gary, trainer at Body Space Fitness. This puts a lot of stress on your shoulders and neck, and it puts you at risk for injury.
When you bend your arms straight back so that your elbows are tight to your sides, your triceps and anterior shoulders take on almost all the work - fine, but you're asking some of your smallest muscles to move your entire body up and down "You'll lose stamina, your form will go out the window, and ultimately you'll likely shortchange results." says Gary.
Direct your elbows about halfway between your shoulders and torso to let your chest muscles kick in. Gary says, "This locks everything into place. The more muscles that contribute to your pushup the more reps you'll be able to do with better form, getting you stronger."
Power out those pushups during your next workout with the mind engaged
and the body working as a unit.
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