Question about push ups

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sue in ohio
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2012/10/09 14:39:31 (permalink)

Question about push ups

I love the new Kelly Coffey Meyer DVD I got, but she like many other instructors has push ups in the sculpting section.  I have fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and had a spinal fusion in 1998 plus get chronic bursitis in my shoulders.  My physical therapists all say no push ups as they are very hard on the shoulders.  Is there an exercise with weights I could do when the instructors do push ups that would work the same muscles as a push up without giving me a flare up?

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    reddingo692
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    Re:Question about push ups 2012/10/09 15:26:38 (permalink)
    Hi sue in ohio,
    I also have shoulder & back issues! For myself I flip over & do bench press with 2-5 LBS. weights as that is the weight I have been cleared to use  with both the physio-therapist & chiropractor!  
    Take care,

    CATHY
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    Re:Question about push ups 2012/10/09 15:28:28 (permalink)
    You can sub chest presses and/or dumbbell flyes. I'd assume they would be much safer for you but you might want to check with your PTs. You could also do pushups against a wall or, for instance, a chest of drawers so your body is either vertical or at an angle. Again, your specialists could tell you if that would be acceptable.
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    Re:Question about push ups 2012/10/09 15:38:39 (permalink)
    I just don't like push ups :) I agree with the comments already given, I also hold my legs in tabletop that way I can engage the core a bit more .
    post edited by MJ - 2012/10/09 15:39:02
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    Re:Question about push ups 2012/10/10 08:35:06 (permalink)
    I have bad knees, and I can not (yet...) do a real pushup so I have to do them standing pushing off the wall. I do what I can.

    Rather than aiming for being perfect, just aim to be a little bit better today than you were yesterday!

    Lysa

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    Re:Question about push ups 2012/10/13 12:45:02 (permalink)
    The pushups works a lot of muscle groups.  Doing bench presses instead is an alternative.   The pushup really works core stability as well, the presses don't come close to working that as well. 

    Another alternative to pushups is to just hold a plank position instead of a push up.   It's easier on the shoulders...and it really works core stability.  If the standard plank (holding the highest position of the push up) is too hard, you can drop your weight to rest on your forearms instead.  And if the back bothers you....lower your weight from your toes to your knees.  Ask your physical therapist if this is ok for you.

    The plank will work the shoulders/triceps a little, but in an isometric way...and being that it is at the top of the pushup position, it is easier on the shoulder than a pushup.  (pushups are hardest when your weight is closest to the floor)

    I had trouble with pushups at first....chest and triceps were strong...but core and shoulders weren't.  I did planks whenever a video featured pushups.  And then after the workout...I either did incline pushups...against the wall...the stairs...the back of the couch....etc, or I did presses. 


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    Re:Question about push ups 2012/10/17 14:51:26 (permalink)
    Hi, I am a senior and can no longer do push ups due to wrist
    weakness and pain.  What a person can do for substitutes is
    to do push ups against the wall, or just do chest flies and
    upright rows using weights.  Both moves work the chest, which
    is the target in push ups.   You might ask your physician if
    using light weights,  even 2-3 pounds to start, would be ok!
    If you have access to a pool, you can do "open/close" or 
    breast stroke to work the chest muscles against the water
    resistance.   I do these in small motel jazcuzzis, too,  even
    better in warm water!   Best, AK
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    Re:Question about push ups 2012/10/19 04:43:00 (permalink)
    Sue, I also have shoulder osteoarthritis--in fact, I was recommended to have joint replacement surgery, but I just couldn't bear the prospect of metal and plastic in my body.  I may still have to resort to joint replacement some day, but I'm determined to postpone that day as long as possible!  So far I've had good results rehabbing my shoulders with a bit of gentle bodyweight exercise, including the wall pushups that other posters have recommended.  Another bodyweight exercise that I've found especially beneficial has been simply crawling around the floor on my hands and knees!  That might be a good substitute for pushups (if it's okay for your shoulders), as chest and back muscles also come into play.
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    Re:Question about push ups 2012/10/19 04:57:53 (permalink)
    Sue, on another forum I found this thread that might interest you:  http://forum.videofitness.com/showthread.php?t=185776
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    Carol S.
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    Re:Question about push ups 2012/10/19 18:51:34 (permalink)
    MEG-

    Interesting comment about bench dips.  Thanks for the link!
    post edited by Carol S. - 2012/10/19 18:52:02

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