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Not Helpful 1 Helpful 3. Article Summary X To build muscle doing push-ups, perform 3 sets of push-ups with a 60-second break between each set 3-4 times a week for best results. Don't let the butt dip or stick out at any point during the move; the body should remain flat from head to toe all the way through the movement. Repeat for 10-20 reps or as many as can be performed with good form no sagging those hips, ya heard? Do an incline push up.
Did you try these steps? Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 1,466,861 times. As you go down, make sure your chest gets as close to the floor as possible. If you want more out of this dependably no-frills workout, practice a bit of patience and roll with a combo of proper form and exercise variety. If you're not doing push-ups correctly, you won't be reaping the benefits in your pecs, triceps, quads or any other muscle group this classic exercise works.
Dan Ketchum. This depends on the person. Place one hand more to the center of your chest.
Eventually, work toward lowering down completely to the floor before pushing back up. Not Helpful 28 Helpful 134.
Make sure your back is straight, your feet are shoulder width apart, and your elbows are tucked into your sides. Position your hands in front of your chest on the floor. As you extend back up, push up as fast as you can and with as much force as you can until your hands become airborne.
A Anonymous May 24, 2017. This is not a beginner's exercise, and requires quite a bit of strength and practice! LA Lawrence Akanma Sep 16, 2016.
The higher you elevate your feet, the harder the push up will be.