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The Benefits Of Push Ups


Push Ups are often seen as a movement solely for beginners, but can certainly help with muscle growth, even if you are an advanced lifter. This makes sense as people who only do calisthenics normally have crazy physiques. As well as this, research has proven that hypertrophic effects are similar between heavier and lighter loads (once volume is equated) (Schoenfeld et al., 2015)

Push ups are also an excellent movement for shoulder health, when performed correctly. They reinforce ideal scapular movement and produce high EMG activity in the posterior rotator cuff, which is often lacking (Uhl et al., 2003). The push up is also a closed chain exercise so has advantages in providing increased joint proprioception