Play with time and your hand position.
"Start out with an elevated pushup rather than dropping to the knees," says Joe Drake, a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-certified personal trainer and co-founder of Axiom Fitness Academy. Using your couch as a base will prep your core for advanced variations.
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"Work on pushup negatives," Drake says. "Strive to make your negatives take a minimum of four or five seconds on the way down." Push up at normal speed, reset, and repeat.
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