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Old 03-05-2007, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default Horizontal Pushing Exercises

One thing I've always noticed was lacking from CrossFit was horizontal pushing exercises. Bench Press is rarely listed, and it's functionality is questionable, so besides pushups, what are some good horizontal pushing exercises?
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Old 03-05-2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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If you want a more "functional" movement, then you would be standing and pushing a weighted cable/band one arm at a time...Chek is big on those, also good developer for that core strength (I hate using that core word....).

Bench is functional....if you want to have the most bang for your buck for developing muscle size to the chest. I suck at it...but still add it in.
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for absolute strength in that plane and direction, the bench rules. the problem with it is not that it's not beneficial, but that because of the limited scapular movement, it's dicey in terms of shoulder health.

instead of benching for that strength, though, you can find ways to really overload a pushup--difficult without a partner and some gear, but totally possible. that would eliminate the primary problem with the bench.

as far as other capacities than strength, just look for push-up variations (of which there are a ton--just read my outstanding push-up article in this month's PM!), standing horizontal pushing throws (e.g. with medicine balls), etc.
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List of my preferences for horizontal pushing:
-incline bench press w/ dumbbells.
-Cable press (similiar to a cable crossover but pressing rather than a fly).
-ring pushups - variations - weighted, feet elevated
-pushups- I skimmed Gregs article really quickly, and to add onto there: band pushups, chain pushups, pushups on a stability ball (I find these can be hard on my wrists after a few sets though).
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I agree with Greg that benching is less than ideal for shoulder health. When I bench these days, I rarely take the bar all the way down. This seems to help, at least for me.

I have also been playing around with the Power Pushup II from Lifeline USA...they are nice tool for "overloading" a push-up.
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Great input from everyone, thaks a lot! I was also thinking about tire flipping and sled pushing. I need to get a weight vest, that seems to be the best way to overload a pushup.
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for absolute strength in that plane and direction, the bench rules. the problem with it is not that it's not beneficial, but that because of the limited scapular movement, it's dicey in terms of shoulder health.

instead of benching for that strength, though, you can find ways to really overload a pushup--difficult without a partner and some gear, but totally possible. that would eliminate the primary problem with the bench.

as far as other capacities than strength, just look for push-up variations (of which there are a ton--just read my outstanding push-up article in this month's PM!), standing horizontal pushing throws (e.g. with medicine balls), etc.
Greg I was reading this months PM and I think some of the links are broken/misplaced?

Tiger bend - won't load
pike push-up- links to the bar push-up
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Greg I was reading this months PM and I think some of the links are broken/misplaced?

Tiger bend - won't load
pike push-up- links to the bar push-up
rad. i'll fix it when i get back into town monday.

for now:

tiger bend:
http://www.performancemenu.com/resou...exerciseID=124

pike:
http://www.performancemenu.com/resou...exerciseID=120

video links for both worked for me just now.
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