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Proper technique, variations and programs for improving your push-ups.

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Knuckle vs. palm pushups

What are the differences between open-palm and knuckle push-up forms in terms of benefits, risks, and muscle development? Open-palm: Knuckle:
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My pushups don't increase

I don't know what to do. I'm desperate. I do pushups regularly for almost three years but not only haven't I managed to reach some decent increase pace (I hope you understand what I mean by my clumsy ...
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How should I do push up to get better chest?

I was told push-ups are good for the chest. I tried some and don't quite feel it in my chest, the force is on my hands. How should I do it to focus on the chest?
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How should I push past a training plateau for 100 push-up challenge?

I am doing 100 push ups program and I have reached a plateau at around 65. The program suggests to have a day off between training days, but since I don't get desired results I would like to increase ...
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What exercises would make up the minimum, complete, general fitness workout?

What exercises would be in a complete, but minimalist, general fitness workout? This would include strength, conditioning, and mobility. I am looking for the quickest workout using the fewest, ...
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Bench Pressing vs. Push-ups

Does bench pressing work out the same muscles as push-ups? If not, What's the difference?
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Why are push-ups and sit-ups so common?

Growing up in many school activities we were made to do sit-ups and push-ups. In Navy Cadets we did pushups and situps whenever we exercised. I have also seen it included in many general fitness ...
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How to learn to do my first push ups without losing hope?

When I see someone else doing push ups, it seems so easy. I have tried doing it myself many times, but I find it very hard. Is there a gradual step by step process to learn how to do push ups?
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How can I increase the number of push-ups I can do?

The number of push-ups I can do is dismal. I have tried over the years to increase the number and have received to pieces of advice. Start easy and try something like a raised bar or railing and ...
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Increasing explosive power in clap push-ups?

How do you increase explosive power in your clap push-ups? The goal isn't to do more of them or to build larger chest / arm muscles, but to launch oneself higher off the ground.
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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Will daily push-ups help to get rid of my belly fat?

I've never made real exercise. Recently i began doing push-ups starting with 1 a day and finally increasing it to 15 day. Sometimes doing it 3-4 times (45-60). If i continue this routine, will it ...
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Push-up Variations

Are there some push-up variations I can do to work the biceps or shoulder muscles? Illustrations or pictures would be appreciated as well.
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My knees fall when I do push-ups. Is it weakness, or bad form?

I've just started doing push-ups, and whenever I am approaching a 0-degree angle (so my elbows and shoulders are about even) my knees collapse to the ground. This is, of course, not ideal. Is it ...
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Pushups for muscle mass, fast or slow?

I'm trying to build my shoulder and chest muscle mass so I've been just doing wide pushups. The problem I'm dealing with right now is how I should do these pushups. Should I push up fast, fall down ...
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What is meant by the assertion that high repetitions of pushups do not build strength?

I intuitively think of the act of performing an arbitrarily large number of pushups as one requiring a considerable amount of strength. However, sometimes it is claimed that this is not the case. ...
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How to do a one-arm pushup?

I'd like to do a one-arm pushup. I'm aware of the guide on Beastskills, but it fails to get into much specifics on how to actually progress to it (for the record, I'm trying to do what is referred in ...
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What are the dangers of doing push-ups incorrectly?

Newbie here. I work long hours behind my computer and I do my best to keep an eye on ergonomics: paying attention to my posture, taking short breaks at regular intervals, that kinda thing. Recently I ...
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What is the correct plan to transition from normal to handstand push-ups?

I'm looking to become fit in my upper body without having to go to the gyms. Right now I'm working on my pushups. I can do 30 normal pushups in one go, if pumping as fast as I can. I'm 6ft and 160lbs. ...
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Is it necessary to warm up before doing a modest number of push ups?

I do just a few push ups (10 to 20), not an excessive amount. It helps me to increase focus on my work during a day. Is a warm up necessary before doing these or can I go without?
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What is the effective weight when doing push-ups?

I want to know what is the effective weight of doing push-ups. What would be the weight of the dumbbell/ barbell to do a bench press with the same resistance as a push-up. I understand this depends on ...
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Ideal angle/position for arms and hands during pushups?

What is the best position for your arms and hands when doing push-ups? I'm wondering the angle of your arms, both forward (towards your head) and sideways (how wide to open arms). Also, should the ...
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What type of push ups benefit muscle up?

I want to do muscle up. I can do 14 pull ups and I can get my elbow above the bar in to the muscle up position but when it comes to pushing down and completing the muscle up I don't have the required ...
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Sore stomach muscles from push-ups

I've recently started a pushup routine and I'm finding that my lower abs are very sore, much more so than my chest and arms. How should I proceed? Should I add some excercises to strengthen my abs, ...
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How to bend the elbows in push ups

I am confused regarding how to bend my elbows while going down in a push-up. If we are observing a person doing a correct push up from the top i.e that his back is visible to us, will his/her body ...
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100 push-up. I went from 36 to 28 after being sick. Is it normal? How can I improve?

I am 29 years old, weigh 72kg (174cm tall), my goal is to do 100 "good form" push ups. I am following the hundred push ups training program. I initially did 30, then I got up to 36. Then I paused for ...
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Why does my neck feel strained when doing push-ups?

I used to be able to do about 50 push ups at a time with no problem when I worked out semi-regularly. I stopped when suddenly while doing push ups, as I'd be getting near the end and straining to get ...
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Why are my ribs sore after doing push ups and sit ups?

My ribs are sore after doing push ups and sit ups. Why? Are there muscles in between my ribs? Could it be something else other than muscles that is sore, like tendons, etc?
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Optimal strategy for “4min pushup test”

Recently I stumbled upon the 4minute pushups test, which challenges you to do as many pushups as you can within 4 minutes (you can pause anytime as long as the clock keeps running). I'm wondering ...
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Is this an effective military PRT training plan?

The military PRT, Physical Readiness Test, requires one to do a minimum number of pushups and situps followed by a 1.5 mile run. I'm a good runner, so the main concern is my weak upperbody. A month ...
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Breathing rules while doing push ups

I consider it as a related and continuation to my previous question. I am doing push ups daily for the past 2 months regularly without missing a day. I am doing 5 reps of 15 push ups. I have question ...
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What are the rules to be followed while doing push ups at home

Lately, I have started doing push ups at home. I have started this a year ago, paused and resumed it recently. In-order to maintain and keep of track of it, I am using an Android application. Having ...
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Inmate workouts

This question is being asked for my friend who is an inmate. "I have gone from doing 1000 push ups every day (what else is there to do here?) with Sat/Sun rest days. To doing 1000 on Monday and ...
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Push ups and (blood?) pressure?

When I do push-ups, I notice pronounced pressure increases in my head, eyes, ears. I do 20, with what I hope is top form: slow (about up and down in 2 sec), chest and forehead touch floor each time, ...
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Is doing push-ups every day healthy?

I'm told it's best for a particular muscle group to give it a couple days of rest between workouts and therefore daily push-ups are detrimental to arm muscles. Is that correct? I'm asking from a ...
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Establishing a proper push-up form for younger children

I work with lots of youths, and there a number of them that don't adhere to the proper push-up position. Rather than keeping their bodies straight, they will stick their butts up in the air. When they ...
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How to do 2 or 3 finger push-ups

Are two or three finger push-ups a matter of finger/hand or arm strength? What techniques should I use to learn two or three finger push-ups (if it is finger strength how do I build this up etc.)
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Uneven chest after pushups

This happened last year that when I used to do pushups, I realized my chest got uneven, and its more than just a bit but still only noticeable to me. I do wrist pushups properly but don't understand ...
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Is wearing Langot necessary to do Push ups at home?

I have been doing home workout routine of 100 Decline push ups and 50 diamond push ups. I have been wearing a Langot (loin Cloth) to cover my testicles from any harm since I stared working out 10 ...
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Dull pain/soreness in upper back muscles behind right shoulder bone after pushups

After pushups I experience a dull pain and soreness in my back muscles behind my right shoulder. I believe its in the rhomboids. The dull pain varies in magnitude and is never completely debilitating. ...
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Why am I unable to do more than 20 push-ups at a time?

I have been doing push-ups for sometime now, starting 6 or 7 years ago. I haven't been too regular, but about 3 quarters of the days in these years I used to be regular. My problem is I can't do more ...
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Home chest push ups-middle-inner-low

I will be focusing on push-ups because I have no money for a gym. I have checked out many videos, reading a lot, but I would like your help to achieve the best results I can for doing push-ups at home ...
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How can I engage my chest more when doing pushups?

I understand that pushups are supposed to be a chest exercise primarily. However, I find that I use my triceps and anterior deltoids more than my chest when doing the exercise. How can I engage my ...
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How should I train to increase my push-up maximum from 20 to two sets of 100?

I hope this question is not considered off topic because my honour is on the line here. A few ago, my friend called me a "lightweight" for not being able to do as many push-ups as him. So I challenged ...
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Alternative push-up methods for sightly fat people

Let's say I'm a little too fat to be doing a real push up. Do you recommend me to push up with my knees supporting my body first and then progress further? OR Do you think it's better if I start ...
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I am unable to do a push-up, how can I improve?

I'm unable to do push ups. I have problems balancing my weight during the exercise. What am I doing wrong? Do I have to do specific warm-ups or is there anything else I can do to improve?
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Will too much muscle exercise harm the muscle?

Will too much muscle exercise harm the muscle? I am planning to do push-ups challenge, but will I damage my arms if do too much of them?
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200 situps in combination with 100 pushups 6 week program?

For those off you that know about the 200 sit up and 100 push ups program, would it be a good idea to combine the two programs in one? The program works by dividing the workout into 3 times a week, ...
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What's a good body weight exercise to build pectoral strength or mass?

I'd like to work on pectoral strength, and I'm wondering what different techniques there are for building that using bodyweight. Is it not realistic without a bench press? I currently do wide-arm ...
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Why do I feel my arms burn after doing a lot of push ups?

So I have noticed that I am doing far beyond 20 reps of push ups and still, after I have done about 50 of them, or even 2 sets of 25 my arms feel like they're expanding and growing muscle, both the ...