Drop and Give Me 20: Breaking Down the Push-up | Tutorial

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

“Drop and give me 20!” is a well-known phrase that any person dreads hearing. Wishing it meant drop to the ground and, with fatigue invading the body, hand out a 20-dollar bill. Once you hear that commanding phrase, you instantaneously know that you have to belt out 20 good old push-ups.

Or, how about when a friend on social media nominates you for a push-up challenge in support of a cause? I do believe these causes are noble as it does help spread awareness; however, that means you have to film yourself performing this notorious exercise.

Get low in the push-up

The push-up is the most basic of bodyweight exercises that can be done by anyone, anywhere, and in any style. I can list at least 30 variations, from beginner to the "are-you-insane” advanced. When you have no other equipment available aside from your body, especially during a pandemic when you're stuck at home, the push-up is a phenomenal and one of the most functional exercises, relatable to everyday movement, in your fitness library.

Interestingly, there’s a reason it’s one of the top prescribed exercises in the military. Not only do you develop a dreamy set of boulder shoulders, t-shirt sleeve-filling triceps, button-busting pecs and a solid core but, its functional purpose is to train the soldier to forcefully push an attacker away. Alternatively, if you’re not in the military, it helps develop strength to get up from the ground, perhaps push a car stuck in the snow, or shove an unsuspecting friend into the lake.