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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31826d877b
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The Biomechanics of the Push-up: Implications for Resistance Training Programs

Contreras, Bret MA, CSCS1; Schoenfeld, Brad MSc, CSCS, NSCA-CPT2; Mike, Jonathan USAW, CSCS, NSCA-CPT3; Tiryaki-Sonmez, Gul PhD4; Cronin, John PhD5; Vaino, Elsbeth BS, CSCS6

Section Editor(s): Sorace, Paul MS, RCEP, CSCS*

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Abstract

SUMMARY: THE PUSH-UP IS WIDELY USED BY FITNESS PROFESSIONALS TO DEVELOP UPPER-BODY STRENGTH, POWER, AND LOCAL MUSCULAR ENDURANCE. ALTHOUGH THE LOAD DURING A PUSH-UP IS LIMITED BY AN INDIVIDUAL'S BODYWEIGHT AND ANTHROPOMETRY, MANY BIOMECHANICAL VARIATIONS OF THE EXERCISE CAN BE PERFORMED. THESE VARIATIONS MAY INVOLVE ALTERING HAND AND FOOT POSITIONS, WHICH IMPACTS MUSCLE RECRUITMENT PATTERNS AND JOINT STRESSES. THE IMPLICATIONS OF THESE VARIATIONS MAY BE OVERLOOKED WITH RESPECT TO THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND GOALS OF THE CLIENT.

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