push ups / bridge

  • Artesin

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    Dec 14, 2007 7:44 AM GMT
    Obviously the most basic work outs in any well balanced work out though if the form is off the effort may very well be wasted. Lately I've been feeling like any push ups/bridges I do don't seem as effective as they should be. With push ups, using various hand placements, I feel nothing within my chest, I can do around 60 before I give out but it only seems as if my biceps/triceps are really affected. I keep my back straight with no arch and it's not as if my ass is in air. It feels like I have perfect alignment yet I feel nothing around my chest. What could the underlying issue be, any subtle flaws that I could be overlooking? Same with bridges, I don't feel much within my lower back after 60-80 seconds and 2 sets.
  • EricLA

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    Dec 14, 2007 8:04 PM GMT
    I assume you're focussing on how you're doing the exercise, too. That you're not just powering through it, that you're taking your time on both the up and down so you're muscles are getting the maximum benefit of the exercise?

    I didn't always feel much when I was doing push-ups. Sometimes it depended on how many I did, then I'd feel a slight pull of a thin band of muscle, but I never got very sore.
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    Dec 18, 2007 4:40 AM GMT
    I have amped my push ups by (CAREFULLY) placing 10-15kg weight between my shoulders and doing push ups that way.
    To make it even harder I lift one foot off the ground an alternate sides every 5-8 push ups.icon_twisted.gif

    you will definately see/feel a difference in your shoulders,entire chest and forearms. I have.

    this will REALLY challenge your core strength as well.

    Craig perth WA