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Which do you find easier? Flat pushups or incline?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:12 pm
by scumdogg
After reading the last poll about which exercise is harder it got me to thinking about something I've noticed. Lately I've been alternating between doing regular pushups, with my body parallel to the floor, and doing them with my feet raised a couple feet off the floor (trying to work up to handstand pushups). I thought that the pushups with my feet raised would be harder to do since more of my weight is focusing over my hands and on my shoulders, but I'm finding the opposite; I find them easier. I'm not quite sure why since this seems to go against common sense. The only things I can think of to justify this are one, that when I used to go to the gym regularly I did a lot of incline benchpress so I'm used to this movement and two, that my because of my body mechanics and the way my shoulder, chest and triceps are tied in that this is a more natural movement for me.

For any others who have tried both types of pushups, which do you find easier to do?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:00 pm
by coreman
I've never tried the inclined push ups, so I'll give this a chance and post my results.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:17 pm
by Admin
put your hands on a scale in the 2 different positions and you will see a difference because the angle of the lever will be different, I think your feet would be the fulcrum but not 100% sure. Also their should be a slight fluctuation in weight during the range of motion when you do the exercise.
Feet raised should increase load on arms.

Just checked looks like push ups are a second class lever
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lever

In a second class lever the input effort is located at one end of the bar and the fulcrum is located at the other end of the bar, opposite to the input, with the output load at a point between these two forces. Examples:

Another kind of push-up

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:56 pm
by DanB
If you want another kind of push-up challenge that will really work your core body in addition to your chest, try these.

Set up for a flat push-up. As you go down, bring your right knee to your right elbow. As you raise back up, bring the right leg back to push-up position. Next repetition, do the left side.

Really works the abs and quads of supporting leg, and since you lean into one side at a time, it also approximates the one-hand push-up (though not as extreme). Give it a try.

Dan