Want Push-Ups? Abandon the Knee Push-Ups…and How to Position Your Elbows

Feb 8th, 2013

Want Push-Ups? Abandon the Knee Push-Ups…and How to Position Your Elbows

K-Star on push-ups

In this Mobility WOD piece, Kelly Starrett talks about the importance of elbow positioning in the push-up, and also talks about the ineffectiveness of knee push-ups to translate into full, legit, plank-style push-ups.  Watch the whole video–it’s only 5 minutes and is definitely worth your time.  And if you’re working on developing your push-up, pay special attention to the final minute-and-a-half of the video where he discusses the drawbacks of knee push-ups, and what the more effective alternative to knee push-ups is.

(As a side note, this concept is similar to band pull-ups not translating to strict pull-ups.  Negative pull-ups are a much more effective means for getting that first strict pull-up.)