I used to do 200 push ups a day but I have heard that they put a tremendous amount of strain on your wrists so I decided not to do them often anymore. Is this true, or just a myth?

  • Are you doing them on your palms or on your knuckles?
    – Mårten
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 6:36
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    Regardless if it’s a true, or, a myth, I think the important point here is the potential for an ‘overuse’ syndrome. Doing 200 push-ups every day seems pretty excessive to me. Couple that with any other fitness training you may be doing and I’d say your wrists are in constant recovery mode. Why not just cut back on the volume?
    – rrirower
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 13:09
  • I'm inclined to say that, if you were able to do 200 pushups a day, and weren't feeling any strain, odds are that your wrists are fine with it.
    – Sean Duggan
    Commented Sep 29, 2015 at 19:20
  • Do you have access to a gym? Why not do reps of 6-10 on a bench press for example to save your wrists? What is your goal with the push-ups?
    – PmanAce
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 6:43
  • Incorporating different varations ex. fingertipp push-ups, inclean etc. And some wrist specific strength training like using rise-buckets helps.
    – mitro
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 10:27

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It is true that you can hurt your wrist by doing push-ups on your wrist for too long. 200 push ups, if in a single session, seems a little bit too much to me.

You can alleviate a lot of the pressure by using push-up handles (bars). Also, remember to wear a pair of gloves, it is good for your palm.

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