One of the most basic bodyweight exercises is the pushup and it’s one of my favorites. Even though this is one of the most basic exercises, I see many people performing it incorrectly; not just women, but men as well.
While it does work the upper body, the real secret to performing this exercise correctly is by activating your core muscles. All your strength and power is channelled through your core.
If you don’t keep your core tight while performing this, your mid section collapses putting a strain on your rhomboids and neck.
Before you start your pushup, you want your body to be a nice straight line and you want to keep your core/abs tight the entire time while you’re performing the exercise pushing through the palm of your hands.
Below is a video of me demonstrating how to do a basic push up.