How to do a proper press up with a bad back

How to do a proper press up with a bad back

Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.[1] This can range in severity and longevity, but if you’re suffering from back injuries you need to take steps with your fitness routine to ensure you don’t make the problem worse.

In this quick post, we’ll go through a couple of rules on how to do a press up with a bad back. Whilst it will be different for everyone depending on the nature of your injury, it’s important to keep yourself safe and to make the most out of the exercise:

Check it’s safe first

By talking to an expert you’ll be able to find out if press ups are a suitable exercise for you. If your back is under too much strain it might be that you will need to find an alternative exercise. During your free trial at fit8, our experts will be able to assess your ability and get you set up with an exercise that is appropriate and safe for you.

Perfect your technique

Proper form is crucial when it comes to exercising with an injury. Getting your technique right can be the difference between strengthening your muscles successfully and injuring yourself.

  • Keep your back flat and strong.

Don’t arch your spine or let your abdomen drop down. Stay strong, rooted and with a straight back.

  • Maintain a tight core.

This will keep you stable during your press up, minimising the risk of injury. It will also help you protect your spine and keep it level.

  • Squeeze your abs, legs and glutes.

This will help your muscles to work hard without risking the integrity of your back.

If you would like to go through how to do a press up with a back injury in more detail, talk to our team today. We’ll be able to get you started on a free trial, during which we’ll assess you and point you in the right direction with your fitness.

[1] https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics

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