Push Up Benefits – Strong Pecs
Naturally the Push Up is one of the essential exercises for any workout without weights. Most of us think of the push up as primarily an exercise to build up chest muscles. In fact, there are push up benefits that go way past just working on your pecs and triceps.
Obviously, using push ups consistently will help sculpt your chest and shoulders. But there are additional areas that are worked and developed that most of us don’t consider when we’re doing them. In addition to the obvious, push ups work the abdominals, the upper back, and the core muscles of the spine. With this in mind pushups can do a lot for your mid-section and posture also. Let’s take a look at an obvious muscle push up exercises work, at least the ones we’re most familiar with.
Push Up Muscles – The Pectorals.
There are two portions of the pecs. However, doing standard push ups benefits the lower portion most. The pec muscles (at least the lower portion) are attached to your sternum. It’s where they have their origin. Then they travel across the shoulder joint and attach, or insert, on near the top of the upper arm.
The muscles work to push, rather than pull, heavy objects toward, or away from, the front of the body. Take for instance pushing a car, or throwing a chest pass in a basketball game. But these are just a couple of simple examples. The pecs are also involved in throwing and punching motions which make having strong chest muscles essential for activities such as martial arts, or sports that require throwing objects, like baseball, football, and track and field events.
Studies have shown that while the whole of the push up motion works the pecs, the greater degree of muscle force is generated in the lower position. This is where the body is heaviest. It really doesn’t matter is you are using the standard form or modified form of push up, even wall push ups. It has more to do with where the majority of your body weight is suspended against gravity.
Now, while this may be pretty much common sense when you think about it, however, keeping it in mind can will allow you to get more benefit out of your push up exercise routine. For instance, many people focus on the number of reps as a marker of their progress. This is pretty typical and is time honored. But there is a lot more that you can do with this information.
If more muscular force is generated in the lower position, this means that a greater percentage of muscle fibers can be recruited in this position. So, the longer you stay in this position, the more your work the total pec muscle. Let’s look at a few exercise modifications or suggestions to get more out of your push up routine.
Following are 3 methods to up your push ups.
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