Here is a great article that we found on Men’s Health Online website from Rob MacDonald on “How to Do 50 Perfect Push-Ups”
For the average guy, it’s critical to carry your own engine.
By that, I mean that you should strive to be strong relative to your size.
A good test of your engine is seeing how many consecutive pushups you can do in a row. I work with some of the fittest people in the world, and I think that 50 consecutive perfect pushups is the standard to shoot for—it shows me you can carry your engine.
Most people think that with just a bit of training they’ll be able to nail that goal.
My response is, “Great, now show me your pushup.” Nearly every single time, the person’s pushup isn’t up to the standard we maintain at Gym Jones, the Salt Lake City based gym where I’m the Training Director.
There are two kinds of pushups: Perfect pushups and everything else. Here at Gym Jones, our standard is the former. We define a perfect pushup as maintaining a plank as you lower yourself until your chest touches the ground, then pushing back up and locking out your arms to pause for 1-second at the top. (Check out the 10 Secrets to the Perfect Pushup.)
There’s a good reason we have that standard: Better payoff. Perfect pushups strengthen your entire body to a greater degree, transfer over to more activities, and are also safer on your joints.
They’re also more difficult.
That’s why a far better goal than doing even 100 “everything else” pushups is to shoot for 50 perfect pushups. A person who can do 50 perfect pushups is truly strong and fit—far more so than a person who can do 100 terrible-form “everything else” pushups.
Follow these rules to crank out 50 real ones in a row.
About Rob MacDonald:
Rob MacDonald is the Training Director of Gym Jones, one of the country’s most elite and hardcore gyms, located in Salt Lake City. He’s broken multiple power-endurance world records. He enjoys exercise induced suffering and burgers.