Press-ups strengthen the muscles in the arms and chest. These support and improve running posture, forward momentum and greater stability.
I find press-ups one of the most difficult core exercises. But this makes them even more important for me. I find improving the speed and endurance of my press-ups enjoyable and rewarding.
I have achieved my personal records through daily and progressive training. I am currently following the Hundred Press-up Challenge.
There are so many variations of press ups and yet the technique remains the same; straight back, fingers spread apart and head still with eyes looking between the hands.
Personal records: [in order of easiest to the hardest]
Traditional / Wide-grip press-ups
Consecutive – 42
1 minute – 42
2 minutes – 73
25 press-ups – 0:32
50 press-ups – 1:11
100 press-ups – 5:58
1 minute – 33
45 press-ups – 1:52
Plyometric / Clap press-ups
Consecutive – 21