If you had to choose between a handful of exercises to do push-ups
would definitely make the cut. In addition to the chest, triceps and
anterior deltoids, push-ups are a great core exercise if you perform them
properly. Total Gym push-ups force you to stabilize the muscles in your
shoulders and core more as the bench can slide upwards and downwards.
Unlike the majority of exercises on the Total Gym push-ups will become
easier as the level gets higher. You can place your feet on the feet
platform or on the floor, whichever feels better (there are no real pros or
cons to either) and place your hands on the outer edge of the the bench.
When you do the Total Gym push-ups try to minimize any motion of the Total
Gym Bench which should NOT be resting at any point of this exercise.
As mentioned before, to increasing the difficulty of the Total Gym
push-up is accomplished by lowering the level of the Total Gym bench which
will force you to move a larger percentage of your body weight. You can also
increase the difficulty by lifting a single foot from the floor making it
harder to stabilize. Total Gym push-ups are great for any workout in which
you wish to work the chest.
Safety Considerations for Push-ups on the Total Gym
Although this is a very safe exercise, be careful not to let your fingers
go under the sliding Total Gym bench. If you use the feet platform, make
sure you are in no danger of slipping. Finally, like all core
exercises you must maintain proper form by keeping your core tight
and lower back in neutral alignment to avoid pain and injury. If you
experience pain in your lower back because of this, or any other joints for
that matter, stop and move on to something that doesn't cause the pain and
seek a professional to help you fix your problem.