Add this bodyweight exercise to your next functional training session if you're looking for a physical challenge, a bench press alternative (to reduce chance of shoulder injury), or just looking to mix things up. Watch the video above to see Dr. John Rusin break down the steps on how to correctly perform elastic banded push up to build functional strength and encourage proper body movement.

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Hey guys, its Dr. John Rusin here with WeckMethod. Today we're talking about the banded resistance push up. It's a great movement for your movement toolbox because it allows your shoulder blades to move freely on your back while allowing some accommodating resistance through the band. Meaning, that when you're at the bottom position with your chest closest towards the floor, you're at the least amount of resistance through the band, as oppose to when you press up into full elbow extension into a lockout, you're at your most resistance.

Let me show you a couple reps here. We're going to first get this centered on the hands, around the back, right at mid- shoulder blade level, and right around the elbows. You come down to a quadruplet position, and get your hands set first. Remember to drive those shoulders back and become stable and centered. Get the core firing and the glutes firing. Step back with one [foot], opposite [foot], and ready to go. That's the banded push up.

Check out our other 5 Elastic Band Exercises & Why Athletes Should Use Them

About the Author: Dr. John Rusin is a Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sports Performance Physical Therapist specializing in all encompassing programming design for athletes and clients alike. John's single-minded goal is to bridge the ever-growing gap between high performance Strength and Conditioning and cutting edge rehabilitation programming for the elite strength athlete. From NFL and MLB athletes to competitive powerlifters and bodybuilders, John has developed recovery, regeneration, and prehab-rehab programs for some of the world's best power athletes both in person, and from an online platform. John is the owner of JR Fitness Systems, located in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information about Hands-On Self Myofascial Release Techniques, or about Dr. John, email him directly at , or visit these pages: Website | Facebook John Rusin Fitness Systems |Twitter @johnrusin

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