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#1 Post by Greg123 » Sat 04 Mar, 2006 10:51 pm

Just a quick one,
When I can't make it to the gym, I have a few weights at home and do as good a work out as possible. A few weeks a go I bought some push up bars and used them without any problems.
However, A personal trainer has now said to me that they are not good for me. Saying that you dont need to go down that far and you only have to go as far as how you would bench press a bar.
Just wondered what peoples thoughts are on this, do you use them? Do you think they're bad? Do you think they give your workout anything extra which you cant get without using them??

Incase your not sure what push up bars are...

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... ipment.htm

Not really a 'quick one', but would like to hear peoples views
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#2 Post by Nickosx » Sun 05 Mar, 2006 12:20 am

I use them when i do weight circuits at home just to make them harder, but just do press-ups normally when im specifically practicing them.

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#3 Post by Greg123 » Sun 05 Mar, 2006 12:25 am

Thanks for your reply Nickosx, I shouldve also mentioned that Im not talking about using these to improve my 'Marine press ups' but just my general strength.
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use em

#4 Post by Oz » Sun 05 Mar, 2006 2:59 pm

Mate,


When i was working as a dive instructor in Samoa last year we had 3 just retired royal marines come on the boat for a couple of dives so as you can imagine i quizzed them non stop and on the topic of improving your marine pushups they said that pushup bars help out of sight. I currently have been doing 4 sets of 15 on the bars and it feels like your floating when it comes to being on the 'ground'. But iam not sure about anyone else???....

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#5 Post by Greg123 » Sun 05 Mar, 2006 6:54 pm

"and it feels like your floating when it comes to being on the 'ground'"

Thats what I felt mate, do you do all different types of push ups or just marine ones? I think Im just gonna use them, surely it cant do you any harm, and probably improves your grip aswell a?

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floating like a seagull.. :s

#6 Post by Oz » Tue 07 Mar, 2006 12:15 am

Mate,

Yeah i try different types but the wider the pushup the less stable the lower part of the bar becomes and your likley to do your self some serious carnage..another good one is 3 point push ups and US seal body -builder pushups, mate they will have you proper £%%^$ by the end of 30.

Didn't mean to sound like a tosser about the floating thing but thats what i reckon it feels like, its a lot easier and also enables you to get your form right which is very important and was stressed by my AFCO.

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#7 Post by Spooky » Tue 07 Mar, 2006 6:05 pm

the bars lift you, facilitating a deeper range of movement and putting more demand on the muscles as you get lower and try to flex back up.

if you wanna be hardcore about it; rattle them out until you are just about to fail, then hop off the bars and do normal pushups, then when your just about to fail the normal push up, go down onto your knees and do that until you do fail, but try to do one more.

tell me that does not hurt tomorrow!
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#8 Post by hc00 » Tue 07 Mar, 2006 8:03 pm

They can only help, they will also improve forearm strength better than regular pressups
However, A personal trainer has now said to me that they are not good for me. Saying that you dont need to go down that far and you only have to go as far as how you would bench press a bar.
Just because they're a personal trainer doesn't mean they know what they're on about. Sounds strange I know but I have had contact with successful bodybuilders, strength athletes and fitness fanatics and the one thing they all had to say was, disregard personal trainers advice. Get someone who knows what theyre doing to coach you.

And a properly performed benchpress you rest the bar on your lower chest for 1 second and then push up keeping your hips and shoulders on the bench.

Meanwhile a proper pressup your chest shouldn't touch the ground.
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#9 Post by mark-b » Tue 07 Mar, 2006 8:05 pm

what are US seal body -builder pushups?

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