Really super stupid pushup question
Okay, please understand that I have never in my life done pushups until about a week ago. I could only do knee pushups. I am up to doing 7 regular pushups.
I am also doing squats, deadlifts, bench press, overhead press, planks and other things for the first time in my life. I am growing muscles where I never had any before.
I was doing pushups today and it was like my body wanted to use other muscles in my torso to do the pushups. Is that cheating or is that how pushups actually work?
Also, my butt wanted to help out by raising up. I think that one really is cheating, right?
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.