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Dave Paton
01-08-2008, 09:25 AM
I would really like to incorporate a bench press into my program, but I don't have a bench, and I have limited space in garage. my garage consists of a squat stand and bumpers and bar. I tried to do a floor press a couple of days ago, but it didn't work out that well. I couldn't really get under the bar and I was nervous about dropping the bar on my neck. does anyone have any recommendations or different exercise(s)? I don't have dumbells, and don't really want to buy them. Thanks.

Robb Wolf
01-08-2008, 09:35 AM
Dave-
I've been on a ring dip terror of late and I'm really enjoying it. Not quite the same thing but a great stimulus and relatively easy to rig together. Cinder-block push ups are also fun and can be shifted towards the spicy side by plyometric variants.

Garrett Smith
01-08-2008, 11:04 AM
There's also ring pushups (with or without a weight vest) and the Power Pushup 2 (http://www.lifelineusa.com/IW_Products.m4p.pvx?;products_no_tree?company=LIF? cat=010.010?a=312) from Lifeline USA.

Derek Simonds
01-08-2008, 02:17 PM
There's also ring pushups (with or without a weight vest) and the Power Pushup 2 (http://www.lifelineusa.com/IW_Products.m4p.pvx?;products_no_tree?company=LIF? cat=010.010?a=312) from Lifeline USA.

Dr G. that is a cool link. I have been using a green band for the same thing.

Mike ODonnell
01-08-2008, 04:43 PM
I don't bench...I use pushup handles (to elevate hands and get more ROM), can also elevate feet on a cinder block, and my favorite is alternating between using a 20lb black band like mentioned above and a backpack with a 25lb plate in it. All suck on their own merit...in a good way of course.

Also variations include using pushup handles and doing:
- plyo claps
- pushup around the clock and back (360 both dir)
- Walking forward pushups (one arm out in front and alternate)
- Walking backwards pushups
enjoy.....

Steven Low
01-08-2008, 09:48 PM
Any variations of rings pushups. I can give you lots of hard ones if you want.

Dave Paton
01-09-2008, 06:56 AM
Thanks guys. I will have to experiment. I actually do have Elite Rings, I just haven't hung them in my new garage yet. Hopefully the landlord won't mind.

Ben Moskowitz
01-11-2008, 05:03 AM
Any variations of rings pushups. I can give you lots of hard ones if you want.

which reminds me of (links are WFS)
Playing with Ring Pushups (Nicole) (http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_PlayingWithRingPushups.wmv)

Coach Rut's Warrior Pushups (http://coachrut.blogspot.com/2005/12/db-hang-squat-clean-warrior-push-ups.html)
(I guess not really a weighted/strength deal, but whatever)

And I remember seeing some other CrossFit-related video of all kinds of pushup variations, like plyo, elevated... I feel like it was filmed in one of those cool NorCal gyms but I dunno.

And I guess there's http://www.bodyweightculture.com/ too.

Steven Low
01-11-2008, 09:26 AM
I was thinking more of this beside Nicole's:

http://www.ringtraining.com/pages/articles/100pushups.htm

Although there's harder stuff out there. ;)

Mike ODonnell
01-11-2008, 09:43 AM
Inspired yesterday I took the 25lb backpack to the park and did,
- reg pushups
- dips
- and what almost killed me...walking hands and feet down stairs head first with a pushup with every alternating step. (stagered arms)
- add some hill sprints for fun

That hurt....and still does...