An alternative to pushups??

  • EricPrado

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    Feb 05, 2008 6:40 AM GMT
    agh! how i hate doing those boring ol pushups all the time.
    does anyone know if there are any other alternatives that work the same muscles as pushups?
    i just want to spice things up a bit with some new things.
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    Feb 05, 2008 10:31 AM GMT
    Eric,

    If you belong to Gold's (isn't that what your profile says?) you should have a dozen options or more.

    If Gold's was just something you did for a while and are now training at home, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get some dumbbells - you can usually pick them up used for not much at all.

    There's also a book - DeLavier's "Strength Training Anatomy":
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0736063684?tag=primefitnessi-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0736063684&adid=0N63WHWA1RF1FCXSJV6C&

    That will show you various exercises, not only for the chest and triceps - the muscles worked during a pushup - but for the whole body.

    Joey
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    Feb 05, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    There is an exercise I have been doing for chest that I really love. It hurts but you can really feel your inner pecs getting a workout.

    Take three 10 pound plates and put them together side by side. Hold them at the lower part of your chest with your palms flat, facing together. Make sure you keep your shoulders back and relaxed. Now push out with the plates, making sure to keep them toght together. Extend out and them pull them back in.

    I hope the description is ok. Its easier to see in person.
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    Feb 05, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    PSBigJoey saidEric,

    If you belong to Gold's (isn't that what your profile says?) you should have a dozen options or more.

    If Gold's was just something you did for a while and are now training at home, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get some dumbbells - you can usually pick them up used for not much at all.

    There's also a book - DeLavier's "Strength Training Anatomy":
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0736063684?tag=primefitnessi-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0736063684&adid=0N63WHWA1RF1FCXSJV6C&

    That will show you various exercises, not only for the chest and triceps - the muscles worked during a pushup - but for the whole body.

    Joey
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    Thanks for the book reference! Exactly what I needed icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 05, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    I can back up Joey on that book. It's a useful reference for any level of athlete. I especially appreciate the discussions of common injuries and how to avoid them.
  • fitnfunmich

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    Feb 05, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    Agreed. I have that book and it's indispensable. Better than most personal trainers I've hired too, and at 20 bucks it's a steal. Thanks for mentioning it, Joey!!
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    Feb 05, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    there are also a lot of variations besides the "boring ol pushup".
    I don't know all the names of them, but the 12-week programs include several of them like:
    *using 2 dumbbells and incorporating a 1-arm row at the top of each pushup
    *"explosive" pushups alternating to the right and left side (left hand ends up where right one was, etc.)
    *declining pushups with your feet on a bench
    *close-grip pushups for triceps

    I'm sure there are lots of others. I agree, they can be boring, but they all help with a lot of core muscles that you don't normally think about, too.
  • dionysus

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    Feb 06, 2008 2:26 PM GMT
    boring old push-up.

    through a balance ball under your hands, that'll stir things up.

    or you can hang chains from a pull up bar, keep your feet on a balance ball and putting handles on the chains, do your push-ups there. it hurts. a lot

    or when you do your push-ups, as you get closer to the bottom bring one knee to your elbow, aka right knee to right elbow at the bottom of the push-up and as you go up, slowly return your leg back to your feet touch again at the top.