Muscle & Fitness says

Most chest and shoulder closed-chain exercises aren't practical for developing strength, so these routines substitute the incline barbell press and barbell overhead press. (emphasis mine)

Yet, a small lady friend sitting on my back while doing push ups works well, gets a nice burn, and feels pretty cool. Now, how to do this without a spotter/partner/lady friend? I thought about throwing plates into a backpack, but that looks awkward. Any suggestions?


You could do:

  • push-ups with a weighted west if available
  • push-ups with a band (ex. Iron woody bands)
  • one arm push-ups
  • push-ups with a sandbag
  • push-ups with chains
  • push-ups with a bulgarian bag
  • increasing the range of motion creates also a kind of overload

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