incline/decline pushups

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  1. dwarfcat

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    Being fat, ive never been comfortable doing regular flat pushups as my HUGE gut cramps my style. Which is more work, an incline push up say leaning against a desk or a decline pushup say putting your feet up on the couch. Both provide better fat clearance but which is actually harder, they both feel about the same. Sittin here at work alone on a saturday I get bored and do some of each usually
     
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    feet up obviously puts more weight on your arms
     
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    thats what I had figured.......but then someone at the gym *everyone knows everything about everything there* told me I was wrong, so I came to the internets:naughty:
     
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    incline push ups are tough as hell if you use your hands to form a diamond (thumbs touching eachother, and index fingers touching) go with a slight incline (something about 2-3 ft off the ground) take your chest down to touch inside the diamond and then do a push up really focusing on squeezing your pecs together.

    i can definitely do more decline pushups than these.
     
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    If they feel the same, you're probably doing something wrong.
     
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    start doing some handstand pushups
     
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    quit doing pushups and pick up a db.
     
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    I do....i just like to got the blood moving when im sittin on my ass all day at work
     
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    quit posting shitty advice and go kill yourself
     
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    BoypussY game over.

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    you guys should be lucky i'm giving advice...this forum is a joke.
     
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    That is because you are effectively doing a tricep exercise. With the focus strongly on the triceps and not the pectorials.
     
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    iirc, push up form is like benching, the wider you go the more you activate your shoudlers/pecs narrow=triceps.

    incline like that video provided is a harder technique opposed to flat or leaning against a desk.
     
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    If you do it right you'll feel the burn much more in your chest than triceps, guess its all about focus, squeezing the chest; mind muscle connection. (at least for me it is. And it'll give your chest a super pump.--specially if you pre fatigue with some standard push ups.)
     
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    Well do a close grip bench (What you're doing for a diamond 'stance'), and no mater how much you 'do it right' it will be focusing on your triceps more than chest, than on a normal grip bench.
     
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    i dont even have to be using any weight to feel that close arms is more triceps. but im not that good at the mind body connection shit
     
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    we're better off without it :ugh:
     
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    clarification:

    I realize close grip benchpress and narrow spaced push ups are both going to focus on triceps more than pecs. Just like dips will hit triceps more than dips.

    But if you do the inclined, close grip pushups as part of a push up cycle, it will hit the chest like no other.

    do 3 sets of
    20 decline push ups
    20 standard
    20 narrow incline (focsuing on flexing/squeezing as hard as you can with chest especially at the top)

    and I guarantee that the narrow incline will be tougher (chest-wise) than the other two--and not just b/c they are the last one in the rotation. For me, the next set of decline (feet elevated) is still easier than the previous set of incline.

    but again, yeah, i realize narrow grip is a standard go-to for triceps, and hits chest secondarily. I was simply arguing for the value of the movement for chest as well.
     
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    I wish all would just put it on ignore and save us all from seeing the stupidity.
     
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