Choose the kind of pushup you will do. Here we will discuss basic and modified, but once you master these, the varieties of pushups become endless.
This is the starting position for the basic pushup.
Arms are extended fully, and there is a straight line from shoulders to ankles. No peaks (keep your butt down) and no valleys (don't allow your hips to sag towards the floor).
Slowly, in a controlled motion, lower the body to the floor until biceps and triceps are parallel to the ground. Slowly, push back up to start. To help with the timing and th "slow, controlled" part, exhale as you push up and inhale as you lower towards the ground.
A modified pushup is done just the same, and is a fantastic way to build strength. Never be ashamed to modify a pushup. Remember, three perfectly executed pushups are more effective than 30 sloppy, out of control pushups. If perfection means modification-go for it!
Slowly lower to the ground, until just parallel and then raise back up, abs held in tight, gluts tight, too.
Congratulations! You have done a perfect pushup...Now drop and give me...as many as you can, several times per day!