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Ramzee 12-31-2007 01:10 AM

Knuckle press ups (please help)
hey I am still don't know whether I should continue doing these or not due to arthiritus and problems like this. Also I read this

and now I really have some doubts....some help?

davidm724 01-06-2008 07:27 AM

Of course I'm only 25, and I can say this is bullshit now, but who knows in 20 years or so. Maybe I'll get arthritis anyway. I still do pushups on my knuckles because it strengthens my wrists, and I happen to enjoy the calloused knuckles. Also, I get a wider range of motion by doing them on my knuckles because I'm up higher. I've been doing them since high school, and I've never had any pain or aches in my hands from doing them alone. You're 21 right Ramzee? You got time before you need to worry about arthritis, even from doing something as simple as pushups on your knuckles. Think of the shaolin monks. They do some of the craziest stuff like poking their fingers at stone to 'strengthen' their fingers. Not only do these guys live for 300 years, they have three-foot fu-man-chus! Ok, that was a joke, but there are some pretty damn old monks out there who can still kick some serious ass and function perfectly well. I don't suggest you try to strengthen your fingers or anything else like that, but I definitely don't believe push-ups on your knuckles are going to hurt you, even in the long-term.

Ramzee 01-06-2008 07:45 AM

Thanks a lot for this post bud, I will take into account all the points you made. For now I will continue doing them

Again thank you :thumbsup:

davidm724 01-06-2008 08:07 AM

No problem man, I feel like if you are into this sort of sport, the best training is training that resembles what you are doing in the sport. The guy who wrote that article is no doubt an expert, but it's semi-irrelevant since you are probably not into bare-knuckle fighting, and if you do train to fight, your hands will be wrapped to protect your hands as much as possible for MMA. If you do not train to fight, kuckle pushups will be no harm to you. Just listen to your body. It will tell you what is right.

Sparkes 01-27-2008 08:34 PM

Yea bare knuckles r the best, im only young though so prob not gona get arthritis any time soon ;)

SgtSixpack 03-09-2008 05:38 PM

I've been using bare knuckle pressups with feet raised off bed, to get more weight involved. When getting in position I tweaked my wrist doing it flat palmed so I just did it knuckle. I also can appreciate the comment about more range of motion with knuckles (more stretch). With feet raised its a little like an incline press in a gym so the upper pec is worked more.

Bloodlusting 03-09-2008 07:42 PM

Thanks for the article, but that guy didn't say bareknuckle push-ups are detrimental. When he was talking about Oyama, thats from hitting the makiwara and sustaining blunt force to the hands. Knuckle pushups will never cause the nerve and bone damage that made oyama's hands what they were, which was hammers. The article was just saying knuckle pushups are only good for toughening the skin on the knuckles, and not actually strengthening the hand's soft tissue and bone. he makes a good point, im not gonna sotp doing knuckles ups but i am gonna switch back and forth from flat palmed now

MarijuanaSmoker 03-09-2008 10:08 PM

I have to push ups with my knuckles, if I use my palms it hurts my wrists.

Bloodlusting 03-09-2008 10:09 PM

if jsut doing pushups hurts your wrists i dont suggest you punch anything

davidm724 03-10-2008 03:14 AM


Originally Posted by Bloodlusting (Post 492004)
if jsut doing pushups hurts your wrists i dont suggest you punch anything

I have a similar issue. If I do pushups with open palms, it aggravates my wrists. However, if I do them on my knuckles, my wrists are straight, which keeps them from hurting, plus the wrists get stronger that way because they still have to stabilize the arm in that position.

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