How to Use the Perfect Pushup

By M.W. Sand

Perfect Pushup handles are an exercise tool used to enhance the difficulty and results of doing basic pushups. The rotating handles effectively target more muscle groups than standard pushups. Once you learn how to use them properly -- and with consistent use -- you'll be able to vary your routines and increase the number of reps and sets.

Step 1

Assemble your handles. Depending on which version of the handles you bought, they may need to be put together -- most versions do not have detachable handles. If so, snap each handle onto its flat rotating base. Make sure both handles are firmly attached to their bases before continuing.

Step 2

Place the Perfect Pushup handles on the ground in front of you shoulder-width apart from each other. The grips should be running horizontally.

Step 3

Grip the handles and get into proper pushup form just as you would with standard pushups. Keep your back straight -- not arched -- and your neck straight, with your head facing the ground. Extend arms with a slight bend in the elbow.

Step 4

Lower your body toward the ground until your elbow reaches a 90-degree angle. This motion is the same as with a standard pushup, but as you do this, rotate the handles of the Perfect Pushup 90 degrees, so at the bottom of the move, the handles are running vertically or parallel with your body. Breathe in as you lower your body.

Step 5

Exhale and raise your body. Return to your starting position while rotating the handles back 90 degrees to their original position. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you reach your desired number of repetitions.

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