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11-26-2009, 04:11 AM
 
Hi everyone, Greg got me thinking about something in his last post. High rep training is good but eventually you need to move on to harder variations. The T's are one way to make pushups a lot harder. Ive often wondered the value of one arm and one leg exercises. Clearly they make it harder but what are some ways to progress in difficulty without using just one limb?

ill start to get the ball rolling, ill start with the pushup
Knee pushups
regular military pushups
feet elevated military pushups
atlas pushups
atlas II
atlas III
pike pushup
handstand pushup
then go through these again with T's

This isnt a difinitive list just a way of illustrating what im getting at.
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11-26-2009, 06:40 AM
 
I still can't do a handstand push-up! Drives me crazy. I can get down 2/3 for reps, but I can't get my head to touch the ground and then get back up a single time.

I like the progressions, but I think you can start with the T's once you get the Atlas IIs pretty well down. There's some good overlap in doing different push-ups in the same workout, methinks.

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11-26-2009, 06:58 AM
 
yes, doing different variations in the same workout is a good idea. What about the lower body? how can you make them stronger without doing one leg exercises? Hindu squats are a good start but where do you go from there? Step ups maybe, lunges, split squats, sissy squats, not sure. Pushups seem more straight forward to me.
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11-26-2009, 07:42 AM
 
In his book "Never Gymless" Ross Enamait has a comprehensive list of exercises for upper & lower body, conditioning & core. Among some of them would be long jumps, lunge jumps, squat jumps.

But my personal favorite as far as strengthening exercises for the legs (without getting into the 1-legged variety) would be car pushing, hands down!

Although not being an exclusively "bodyweight" exercise, car pushing is a much more natural kind of movement. Of course, for safety sake, you will need a partner to steer the car and a nice empty parking lot to push about in.

Also, think Herschel Walker, sprinting, pulling around tractor tires...

And, Joe, when you get regular handstand push-ups down there is this variation!

http://ditillo2.blogspot.com/2009/05...em-orlick.html

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11-27-2009, 05:03 AM
 
hey wackybaby, car pushing is brutal, ive never done it as a workout but ive done it when my friend got stuck in the snow! However, in most situations i find it impractical. How about other excises you can just do with your body? Different jumping variations certainly add intensity but what can you do without going to one leg or adding weight? I guess you can also manipulate rest time, shorter rest and more reps in less time. Step back lunges are a good move for the legs and can be combined with a knee raise at the top of the movement to work the hip flexors more.
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For a particularly brutal workout, make sure the parking brake is engaged.
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