Kinetic Analysis of the Push-Up: Which Version Is Hardest

What Is Kinetic Analysis Of The Push Up?

Kinetic analysis of the push up is a method used to determine which version of the push up is harder. There are many variations of the push up. Each variation requires different training methods and exercises. Some versions require less strength than others. However, all variations have one thing in common – they all involve pushing your body into a fixed position while keeping it there using only your muscles and bones (muscles being those that move).

The key difference between each variation is how much force you need to exert in order to keep yourself from falling off the edge of the platform. For example, if you want to do a decline push up, then you must use a greater amount of force than if you wanted to do a flat push up. Therefore, the higher number indicates that the variation is harder. The lower number indicates that variation is easier.

In general, the heavier you are when performing a movement, the harder it will be. If you’re doing a push up, then you’ll probably need to lift your arms above your head before you can complete the exercise. A good rule of thumb is that if you could do a set of 10 push ups without any difficulty at all, then it’s going to take more effort to perform a set of 20 push ups.

How To Do A Push Up?

The push up is a common exercise that is used to strengthen the muscles in your chest, shoulders and arms. The exercise also works your core and all of your body’s largest muscles. There are several variations you can perform; each one targets different areas of your body.

Begin by getting into a plank position with your hands on the floor just wider than your shoulders and your feet together. Contract your abs and push your body up until your elbows are straight but not locked.

Slowly lower yourself back down until your chest just touches the floor and then push yourself back up. Make sure to keep your body in a straight line throughout the movement. Do this exercise slowly and repeat for the desired number of reps.

Variations Of The Push Up

The basic push up is a great exercise, however, you can also work different areas of your body by changing the angle at which you do the exercise.

Decline Push Up – If you put your feet on an elevated surface (such as a bench) and perform a push up you are doing a decline push up. This exercise puts more emphasis on your chest.

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Prone Push Up – During a prone push up you put your hands underneath you instead of outside your shoulders. This shift in perspective makes the exercise more difficult and works more of your upper body.

Rotational Push Up – The rotational push up is another advanced variation. When doing this exercise, you push yourself back and forth along the floor, but your feet stay in one place. Your arms do most of the work while your body twists along the ground.

Push Up With Leg Lift – This push up variation involves lifting one leg off the ground during the exercise. By adding this small change you put more emphasis on your core.

Clapping Push Up – The clapping push up is a more difficult exercise. To do this push up you push yourself up in the normal way and then clap your hands above your head before lowering yourself again. This exercise works your upper body very hard and strengthening your shoulders, chest and arms.

Walking Push Up – Walking push ups involve moving your feet as you perform the exercise.

Handles Push Up – Using a pair of handles and placing your hands in them, you can perform a handles push up. This puts your body at an angle and works your chest, shoulders and arms differently than regular push ups do.

Plyometric Push Up – A plyometric push up involves bending your arms at the last second before pushing yourself up. This action adds a small amount of power to your push up and is a more complex exercise than regular push ups.

What Benefits Can I Expect?

If you’re looking for an exercise that works all of your upper body, then push ups are what you need.

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