Frequent question: What muscle action occurs in a push up?

Which type of movement action is a push-up?

What is happening when we perform a push-up? The joint movements in the push phase include horizontal adduction at the shoulder (bringing your arms to the midline of the body), elbow extension(straightening your arm), and scapular protraction (your shoulder blades move toward the outside of the body).

What are the primary and secondary muscles the push-up works?

The muscles of the chest, shoulders and triceps engage most, but the push-up also provides conditioning for your abs, back stabilizers and thighs.

What are the agonist muscles?

Agonist muscles are sets of muscles in which some of them contract while others relax. They produce movements through their own contraction and are responsible for generating specific movements. In contrast, antagonist muscles are those that interfere with the physiological action of another.

What are stabilizer muscles?

The stabilizers are smaller muscles that help support the body while primary movers perform the intended movement. These muscles typically remain active for long periods of time. If stabilizing muscles weaken, it can be difficult or painful for the body to perform optimally.

What muscles are the prime movers in a push up?

Muscles of the Push-up

The main upper body muscles targeted in the exercise for movement and stabilization include the pectoralis major, anterior deltoid, rhomboids, trapezius, coracobrachialis, serratus anterior, biceps, and triceps (1-3).

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