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2005/07/24 21:08:04 (permalink)

push up cables

I'm looking at increasing weight for my push ups. I know you can fill up a backpack with weights and use that as you do your push ups but then I found out about Poer Push Up. You have these cables wrapped around your back and I guess like bowflex, they provide resistance.

I'd love to use this but I'm wondering if anyone else has used a similar product? I can't shake the feeling that this may be one of those 'as seen on tv' type of products ;)

I also came across weighted vests. I think it's more for boxing. Would these also be good for pushups (and I'm sure other bodyweight exercises, too).
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    RE: push up cables 2005/07/24 21:13:18 (permalink)
    Not sure of your aims?
    Are you specifically looking to get stronger at press ups as usually ppl go for volume (i.e. do more of them) over weight when doing this.

    No bench pressing movements with weights?

    Seem like a waste of cash IMO
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    RE: push up cables 2005/07/25 01:34:11 (permalink)

    I've used jumpstretch bands for loading press ups, found they work really well.

    Most people to begin with I've tried it on use the mini band, some have used superminis. Supermini with feet up, owned me. Great Great chest workout.
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    RE: push up cables 2005/07/25 14:56:36 (permalink)
    MrBojangles, my goal is to increase strength. If by more volume you mean by doing more of them (like trying to reach 100), I figured that was only for endurance (like for martial arts). I've figured I should treat press ups like a regular exercise and increase the weight I use.

    PikeKing, by jumpstretch bands, do you mean those green, thin rubber things I se ephysiptherapists giving to their patients?
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    RE: push up cables 2005/07/25 19:17:44 (permalink)
    If you want to increase strength of the muscles involved with pressing movements (chest, shoulders, triceps) then performing proper weight training exercises is preferable.
    If you dont have access to a bench and some weights then its a different matter, but I know I'd be spending my money on equipment or a gym membership.

    As PikeKing says there may be some benefit to using the bands, but IMO there would be a specialist call for their use. Progressive weight training will yield superior gains strength.

    Hope that helps
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    RE: push up cables 2005/07/25 20:45:58 (permalink)
    jump stretch bands are those popularised by the westside boys
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