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Monday, November 19, 2007

Exercise of the Week: Push-ups

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They may not be the sexiest exercise on Earth, but push-ups (and the many variations) should be a staple in your resistance training program.

Some of the benefits of push-ups include:

- Activation and strengthening of the serratus anterior, pecs, anterior delts and triceps

- They are a closed-chain horizontal push, which increases rotator cuff recruitment and allows for movement of the scapulae (when compared to the bench press)

- Development of base levels of upper body strength, and allow for preparation for heavier pressing movements (resisted push-ups, bench presses, etc.)

For more information on the push-up, check out the following article:

Push-ups, Face Pulls and Shrugs

Stay strong

MR

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