Common Push-Up Errors and How to Improve Them # Push-ups are common exercises in fitness classes or sometimes as part of strengthening and conditioning programs. Here are a couple of common mistakes that I come across and a couple of cues that may help resolve them. # In the top frame my spine is clearly extended which changes the angle and depth to which I can effectively push-up from. Most people will tend to be more subtle with this error and may not be as exaggerated. If your hips are meeting the floor before your chest then you may fall into this category. # In the center frame my back angle is more parallel to the ground, but if you look at my hips you'll see that my pelvis is tilting anteriorly which also creates unwanted hyperextension. Also makes it deceptively seem like you have a big 🍑 No good. # A push-up can be thought of as a dynamic plank--you want to create stability throughout your body while your shoulders and arms do the pushing, which is the primary movement. Try to think of your body as one straight line from your head to your feet and tuck your pelvis (or posterior tilt it) which will help engage your glutes and create rigidity. # Sometimes the ability to perform quality push-ups is more an indication of dynamic core strength/endurance & scapular function than chest strength.