The Purpose of Push-Up Stands
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Push-ups are a weight-bearing exercise that is a valuable addition to any strength or body-sculpting routine. They can be performed anywhere, and are not restricted to the superfit or highly trained. Performed by professional football players, military recruits and physical education students alike, push-ups are an essential exercise for symmetrical upper-body development and the preservation of joint mobility. The use of push-up stands, or push-up bars, while performing this exercise improves wrist strength.
The push-up stand was originally designed to assist persons who performed knuckle push-ups, to bolster wrist strength for activities such as boxing, hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. The push-up stand has many structural variations, from an elongated arch to a circular rotating base.
Intensify Your Training
The extra height provided by the stands allow for a greater range of motion than traditional push-ups, thereby creating a deeper contraction in chest muscles on the upward thrust away from the floor. The additional elevation also produces increased resistance for your arm muscles through gravity, adding intensity without incurring more weight. Furthermore, push-up stands allow you to add a variety of modifications in your workout while enabling you to maintain proper form.
An inability to handle pressure on the wrists because of carpal tunnel syndrome can make push-ups unbearable. Even after corrective surgery, upper-body workouts may be hampered by partial wrist strength that cannot take the full brunt of your weight. After receiving the all-clear from your physician, resume exercise, using proper wrist alignment. Push-up stands can help you exercise while you regain strength in your wrists, as push-up stands place your wrists in a more ergonomically neutral position and redistribute your body weight throughout your hands and forearms, eliminating unnecessary discomfort.
Modifying your hand placement at varying angles while remaining aligned in the plank position increases your ability to engage your core when performing push-ups. Capitalizing on the ability to widen your arm spans with push-up stands produces greater muscle contraction of your abdominal walls and lower back. With your torso stabilized as a unit, core strength is enhanced and spinal alignment is reinforced.
Push-Up Stand Features
When looking to purchase a set of push-up stands, certain important features should not be overlooked. Select stands equipped with a no-slip base for use on any surface to guarantee stability. Choose foam-wrapped handgrips; this will protect palms from becoming rough and developing blisters. The ability to support your body weight throughout any routine is a must; thus, type of assembly and structural soundness should also be considered.
Kimberly Butts began writing professionally in 2010. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Having been a dedicated fitness instructor for several years, Butts' writing focuses on physical endurance and healthy living. Butts holds an International Personal trainer Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine and a Group Fitness Certification through the Aerobic Fitness Association of America.