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post #41 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-04-2008, 11:17 PM
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Right now probably 40-50 but I did 80 for my final test at basic training. If I do pushups a lot then I can build up pretty quick but I usually dont do a lot of pushups and therefore can probably only do 40-50 and that would leave me with a huge fatigue and pump lol
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post #42 of 43 (permalink) Old 05-10-2008, 08:05 PM
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I can do about 20, and I'm damn proud of that ........ for some reason lol.

What difference is there between doing normal push ups and knuckles? I mean are knuckle ones generally harder because they're kind of toughening up your knuckles as well as the general exercise?

Or does it just make you look harder? lol
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I like the knuckle pushups because you get an extra three to four inches before your chest hits the floor. Plus, the supportive muscles of the wrist have to work(isometric contraction) in order to keep your wrists from buckling. That is a good thing for punches. You don't want your wrist to buckle in a punch. I like to change around my fist position to work muscles differently, such as:

In-line wide (fists in line with each other as if you're holding a barbell during bench press, with wide grip a little more than shoulder width apart) This is good specifically for the chest, and your elbows should go out to the sides.

Opposite narrow (fists opposite of each other as if you're holding a hammer-curl bar, shoulder width apart.) This is good for the triceps, and your elbows should stay along your sides.

45 Degrees (Your fists should be at a 45-degree angle, and your elbows should also go out at 45 degrees instead of straight out or straight back.) this is good for chest, and triceps.

Of course all of these are good for the shoulders as well, but I like to mix them all up. I started doing knuckle pushups mainly because open palm pushups aggravated my wrists if I did them regularly. Now I always do knuckle pushups.
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