Which Push-Up Variation Is Best for You?

push up variations for chest
Which Push-Up Variation Is Best for You?
push up variations for chest

What are the effective and the best types of pushups? Not all push-ups are created equal!  Feeling lost between wide and close grip variations? Remember, proper form is crucial to prevent injuries and maximize results.

If you have any concerns, consulting with a physical therapist can provide personalized guidance and ensure you’re exercising safely and effectively. Discover below the perfect variation to strengthen your upper body, build core stability, and achieve your fitness goals — and we are here for all your questions. 

Push-ups are a go-to exercise both inside and outside of the gym to build upper-body strength without any equipment and using only your body weight. Therefore, by considering the need of good chest health, we have unveiled the best push-up variations for the chest in this roundup.

As we know push-up exercise is a close-chain kinetic exercise that helps patients improve their joint proprioception, joint stability, and muscle co-activation around the shoulder joint. Kinetic exercises play a key role in physiotherapy or physical therapy.

This upper-body exercise trains both your strength and endurance. But as a compound exercise — or multi-joint exercise — the push-up is invaluable in a fitness routine, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

We are revealing easy chest push-up variations that can help to improve your chest shape. let’s learn now, by simply tweaking your hand position, such as in a wide push-up or a close grip or narrow push-up, you can easily change which muscles you target.

You may have tried different push-up variations for chest improvement. These are easy pushup variations to strengthen your shoulders and chest. Here are the key differences between these two set-ups, plus how they help you develop strength and endurance.

How to Do a Wide Push-Up

Wide push-up technique is similar to that of a regular push-up, according to the ACE:

  1. Begin in a high plank with your glutes and core engaged. Place your hands wider than shoulder-distance apart and keep your hips in line with your head and heels.
  2. Keeping your back in a neutral position, slowly lower down until your elbows are bent at 90 degrees (or as low as you can go with good form).
  3. Push away from the floor to return to the starting position.

How to Do a Narrow Push-Up

A narrow or close-grip push-up looks like a regular push-up too, except that your hands are placed closer together, according to the ACE.

  1. Begin in a high plank with your glutes and core engaged. Place your hands directly under your shoulders and keep your hips in line with your head and heels.
  2. Keeping your back in a neutral position and your elbows tucked close to your ribs, slowly lower down until your chest nearly touches the floor (or as low as you can go with good form).
  3. Push away from the floor to return to the starting position.

Benefits of Wide vs. Narrow Push-Ups

push up variations for chest

You’ll get many push-up benefits no matter which type you choose, such as burning calories and building strength, stamina and muscle growth, according to the National Academy of Sports Medicine. But there are some unique perks depending on which variation you pick.

Wide Push-Ups

The wide push-up recruits more of your chest muscles, while a regular push-up shares the load with your triceps muscles.

Just make sure to maintain the placement of your hands and positioning of your shoulders the entire time: Tell yourself “wide shoulders” throughout the movement as a cue.

Close or Narrow Push-Ups

The close-grip push-up will target your triceps more than regular or wide push-ups, while still working your chest and core. This emphasis on a smaller muscle group (the triceps) makes close push-ups a more challenging movement.

You can make narrow push-ups a little easier by placing your hands on an elevated surface like a counter, wall or step for an incline push-up. These pushup variations are said to be best for the shoulders to strengthen but not only the chest.

Unleash your push-up potential with expert guidance. Physical therapy treatment can improve your mobility, reduce pain, and enhance your overall quality of life. Schedule your appointment today at (704) 803-8038. For more inspiration and tips, you can follow us on Instagram.

Reference: [https://www.livestrong.com/article/321226-wide-push-ups-vs-close-push-ups/]

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