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Seal Push up

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Introduction to the Seal Push up

The Seal Push up is an effective bodyweight exercise that primarily targets the chest, shoulders, and core muscles, while also improving flexibility and strength. It's a great option for individuals at any fitness level, from beginners to advanced athletes, due to its adjustable intensity. Someone would want to perform this exercise to increase upper body strength, enhance core stability, and improve overall body coordination.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Seal Push up

  • Push your body up with your arms, keeping your hips and legs in contact with the floor, arching your back as you lift your upper body.
  • As you push up, keep your neck neutral and look straight ahead, this is the "seal" position.
  • Hold this position for a few seconds, then slowly lower your body back down to the starting position.
  • Repeat this process for your desired number of repetitions, ensuring to maintain proper form throughout the exercise.

Tips for Performing Seal Push up

  • Correct Form: One of the most common mistakes people make while performing seal push-ups is not maintaining the correct form. Your hands should be wider than shoulder-width apart, fingers pointing outwards. Your feet should be together, and your body should form a straight line from head to heels. As you lower your body, your elbows should flare out to the sides, not tucked in.
  • Controlled Movements: Avoid rushing through the movements. Lower your body in a controlled manner, then push up forcefully. This will engage your muscles more effectively and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Core Engagement: Another common mistake is not engaging the core during the exercise. Keep your core tight throughout

Seal Push up FAQs

Can beginners do the Seal Push up?

Yes, beginners can definitely do the Seal Push Up exercise. However, it might be a bit challenging as it requires some upper body strength and flexibility. It is important to start slow and maintain proper form to avoid injury. If it is too difficult, beginners can modify the exercise or start with simpler exercises to build up their strength and flexibility. As always, it's a good idea to consult with a fitness professional or a doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.

What are common variations of the Seal Push up?

  • The Hindu Push Up, another variation, begins in the downward dog position and then dips the body downwards, similar to the dive bomber, but with a reverse motion back to the starting position.
  • The Sphinx Push Up is a simpler variation, where you begin in a forearm plank position, then push up into a seal position, using your forearms instead of your hands for support.
  • The Wide Grip Push Up is a variation where you position your hands wider than shoulder-width apart, which targets your chest and shoulder muscles more than the standard Seal Push Up.
  • The One Arm Seal Push Up is a more advanced variation, where you perform the exercise using only one arm, challenging your balance and strength.

What are good complementing exercises for the Seal Push up?

  • The Cobra Pose is another exercise that complements the Seal Push up as it stretches and strengthens the muscles in the shoulders, chest and abdominals, which are the same muscle groups targeted in the Seal Push up.
  • Dive Bomber Push ups also complement Seal Push ups, as they involve a similar movement pattern, but add an extra challenge by involving more of the upper body and core muscles, thereby enhancing the strength and flexibility benefits offered by the Seal Push up.

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