The pushup is a strength training staple — but are you sure you’re even doing the exercise correctly?

For this basic gym necessity, you shouldn’t settle for anything other than perfect form—especially because it’s such a simple, essential movement. Let Men’s Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and associate fitness editor Brett Williams guide you through the exercise’s subtleties, saving you from the bad habits that are keeping you from unlocking your fitness potential.

Before you drop down to give us any reps, take note that it’s extremely important to pay attention to the subtleties of the movement here. You’re not just flopping to the ground and pumping yourself up and down until you burn out—there are important aspects of the foundational plank position that you need to keep in mind every time.

How to Perfect Your Pushup | Form Check | Men’s Health

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