Australian athlete makes a world record of 3,182 push-ups in an hour! Here’s how you can get it right

Published on: 20 June 2022, 18:30 pm IST
If you follow a proper technique, this simple and powerful exercise can provide several benefits as doing a push-up involves the entire body. 
Gurpreet Kaur
Learn to get the classic push-up right. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

An Australian athlete Daniel Scali recently made news when he performed 3,182 push-ups in an hour and officially broke a Guinness World Record by achieving the world record for most push-ups in an hour (male). However, his story is of resilience too, because he was fighting incurable pain during those push-ups, courtesy of CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), a chronic condition he’s been battling since the age of 12. While we all admire his efforts, it is also important to perform the exercise in a proper manner because it is not as simple as it seems.

How to do a classic push-up the correct way?

Step 1: Get on the mat and be on your all fours by gaining grip of the mat.
Step 2: Put your palms on the mat and make sure your hands are not very wide. They must be slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
Step 3: Ensure that your legs are straight and you are in a plank position eventually.
Step 4: Make sure to keep your core tight and with an inhale, lower down your body.
Step 5: With an exhale, press your palms on the mat and lift your body up.
Step 6: Don’t forget to lock your elbows when you lift yourself up. Then go as low as you can for a better range of motion.

Lastly, if you can hold your push-up when you are up, it will be great. So, go do a quick push-up and strengthen your core.

Watch how to do a push-up!

What makes a push-up great?

First things first, a push-up is simple and it is possible to do it almost anywhere. It involves the entire body from head to toe. Push-ups not only your chest, shoulders and arms, but they are really a full body movement, which works on the core muscles. While holding the body in a plan activates and strengthens the core, the exercise in itself requires work from your legs too, which helps in shaping them.

Push-ups for the win! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

How many push-ups should one do?

As we mentioned earlier, there are several benefits of doing a push-up. However, the number of push-ups one must do really depends on your current ability and your end goals. For instance, if you are just looking to get fitter and stronger, perform push-ups until you reach a momentary failure, which means you can’t complete another rep with good form.

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For beginners, doing 10 to 15 reps and 4 sets is enough. Make sure to increase it eventually. Start with lesser counts and try easier versions before going too rigorous and trying new forms.

Gurpreet Kaur

A lifestyle journalist with a perennial hunger for all nice things in life - from fashion to food and different cultures. When she is not writing in her favourite coffee spot, she spends her time socializing with people or exploring different cities.