Alternative to pushups

  • FlyingWeegie

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    Oct 04, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    I'm five months recovering from De Quervain's Tendinosis - or torn wrist to thumb tendon in plain language - and finally getting back to weight training. While I love to do push ups, I can't for too much pressure on the tendon when I put my hand flat to the floor. Can anyone suggest an alternative to push ups that works in a similar manner without the wrist pressure? Thanks for any advice
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    Oct 04, 2012 11:17 PM GMT
    If the pressure is only too much on the flat hand, you could simply use some parallettes to keep the wrist neutral while doing pushups.
  • starboard5

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    Oct 05, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    Can you make a fist and do them on your knuckles? Put folded towels down first.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 05, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    The Perfect Push up. Google it. Get it on amazon or ebay. You can do push ups without bending your wrist and they rotate. Another benefit is you can dip lower than if you did then with your palms flat on the flooricon_idea.gif

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    Oct 05, 2012 7:39 AM GMT
    Perfect Push ups are great- I found mine @ Walmart. Or try using a couple of 35# hex dumbbells. Same effect minus the rotation.
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    Oct 05, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    Do pushups with only your fingers on the floor. Not only will that relieve the wrist pressure, it'll wildly increase your grip.
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    Oct 05, 2012 11:38 PM GMT
    Do pushups with dumbbells.
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    Oct 06, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Use the bar on a Smiith machine. Set it to whatever height you want too.

    And there are handle to use in the floor.
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    Oct 06, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    Perfect Push Ups will change Yer life!!!!!

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    Oct 06, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    I googled that condition. Doesn't seem to me, based on the visuals, that dumbbell or Perfect Pushups would help that. Can any real pressure be applied to the hand, or will you have to, I dunno, strap the cable pulley to your wrist and do cable presses and flys that way?
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    Oct 06, 2012 6:45 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    lilTanker saidDo pushups with dumbbells.

    My gym only has people of higher-than-average intelligence.
    Then you can do pushups with dumbasses. I heard they're smarter.
  • FlyingWeegie

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    Oct 07, 2012 12:38 PM GMT
    Hi guys. Thanks all for your suggestions. The pain is very acute and in only one direction. For example, the area hurts when I move my thumb to click a pen, but there'd be no pain in moving my thumb in the direction of picking up a beer class -how ironic icon_smile.gif

    I've tried out a couple of the suggestions, looks like as simple a change as putting my knuckles to the ground is working best, no pressure to the area and nicely tougher a pushup. The extra weight on the knuckles is enough to push and drive me to finishing a set.

    Thanks all very much.

    Christopher
  • HottJoe

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    Oct 07, 2012 2:54 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidDo pushups with only your fingers on the floor. Not only will that relieve the wrist pressure, it'll wildly increase your grip.


    Really? I'm going to try that right now.
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    Oct 07, 2012 3:19 PM GMT
    Why not give up on pushup-type exercises for awhile? If your gym has a pec deck, especially one that engages at the elbow rather than the hand, that can be a great chest movement. For the tri's there are several movements that may be easier on the wrist than pushups.