I corrected my push up form a little more tonight, and I am a little (okay, a lot) more sore as a result.

I came across this article on keeping your push ups honest. I had discovered that my own needed some work after I started recording myself. That led me to dig a little deeper in order to find out precisely what form of push up would yield the most benefit.

As an aside, I dislike — no, make that loathe — the recent practice of referring to a piece of advice as a “trick.” It’s not a trick. That word doesn’t mean what you think it means. (It’s even worse when they call it a “life hack.”) But I digress.

As it turns out, I have been positioning my arms too wide. In correcting my form tonight, I found (much to my embarrassment) that I couldn’t do more than 11 push ups in the first set. I resigned myself to that, doing 10 push ups per set with 2 minutes of running in place in between.

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