fast push-ups vs. slow push-ups (in Off-topic)
This probably isn't the best place to ask, but does anyone have any thoughts about whether doing your push-ups slow is better than doing them quickly? I've tried to Google search this topic and I get all sorts of mixed answers. But I'm trying to condition my body as I'm planning on joining either security or law enforcement.
May 25 2012 11:47 PM EDT
Well from my experience (military, and lots of it) its not so much about your speed or pace as it is about your form. Doing fast push ups or more push ups will never be better than doing proper push ups. Instead of focusing on the speed, try to concentrate on your form, and try different types to stimulate different muscles. Elevated, decline, weighted, wide arm, diamond, close hand, all of these will give you different results but all are great as long as you do them properly!
Ditto & ditto!
Ex.: in 8-up/8-down sets - do one slow, one fast, 30 seconds, one slow. If that doesn't result in muscle exhaustion, add weight/incline or continue to repeat with differing form.
May 26 2012 12:42 AM EDT
JDM has it right. I use both methods of speed but most important for me is Form. My personal Challenge is 30 Correctly Executed Push-Ups in 30 Seconds.(Face forward, chest touching the ground and then full arm extension.) So far I have beaten this by a few seconds consistently. This challenges strength, endurance, cardio and finally your personal discipline. Do this sever times in 10 minutes, the more you can do the better. Once you have mastered one type of Push-Up then go onto another one and follow the same regimentation.
May 26 2012 8:28 AM EDT
Damn, I just walked into the wrong room...
I'm both shocked and awed by Bast's knowledge.
So if I wanna improve my pecs I do em fast but if I want to improve gravity I do em slow???
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