Are you doing any push up workouts might be a better question. The push up may be the single best upper body exercise you have in your arsenal. You really should do push ups often and here is why.
Or, stepping back just a bit, what are perfect pushup workouts?
The Perfect Push Up is the trade name for the rotating push up handle that is supposed to somehow improve on the age-old, standard, anybody can do them anywhere and anytime, push up.
Well, does it meet this claim? Here is my take on them.
A few years ago I would have said “forget about them”. It’s just another gadget you don’t need. Just do push ups like the marines have done for decades; hands on the ground and face in the mud.
If you want to get a deeper stretch in the chest then use a stack of books or a few bricks or whatever; improvise (marines again).
But now I have a slightly different take on them and here is why.
A friend of mine had a pair at a summer beach house where I stayed for a week a few years back. And we did push ups everyday because that is what guys do when they are at the beach. Pump it up and then hit the beach. Even old guys still do this.
I liked the perfect push up device for these reasons:
Are perfect push up workouts better than standard, old, been around for eternity push ups?
The beauty of the push up is both its simplicity and the fact that you are always ready to pop down and bang out a set.
They travel with you whether on business in a distant city or when adding an upper body pump to your hike into the forest.
So my gut instinct is that no one really needs these things. Again, if you have mobility issues in your wrist or shoulder, they may be a good option for you.
[adsense] But here is the deal. A lot of people buy gadgets because they believe they are “the answer” to all their problems. If you believe you need the perfect pushups handles to build a better chest, I think you are wrong. You are not going to be any stronger and have a better developed chest doing perfect pushup workouts than the dude (or gal) doing mister old tried and true, regular push ups?
The only reason you don’t see improvement from standard push ups, with all their variation and modifications, is that you are not doing them consistently.
It is that simple. If you perform push ups regularly, you will make gains without a doubt. Buying a new gadget will not help you break whatever mental barrier you have right now to just doing the work. You still have to perform the perfect push up workouts to get the results. If you are not doing it now, I doubt adding these rotating handles to your bag of tricks will make the difference.
If you have more money than you know what to do with, go ahead and buy a set. They won’t make your push up experience any worse than standard fare. They just can’t guarantee you that it will be any better.
If you have treadmills and stair climbers and cross-country skiing machines and the bow flex and all of that stuff that you just end up hanging your clothes on, you probably should get a set of perfect push up handles just to have more crap lying around. I’m kidding here. Some of the Jersey slips out every now and again.
Again, if you need wrist or shoulder strain relief, you should consider getting them. Otherwise, just understand that while they cannot hurt, they will not deliver magical results.
I usually warm up with slow, steady, full depth push ups with a standard width grip. A set of 10 followed by a set of 20. Standard width hands for 20 reps
The bottom line for whether you use The Perfect Push Up or not.
OK there are some benefits like:
But you have to use them. They won’t solve your basic problem of not working out hard enough to get some results.
You have to put the work in to see the pec separation and horseshoe triceps.
This is your personal choice. I don’t think you need them but I am old school. I lift rocks and throw them in my yard for a workout so I’m not a gadget guy by nature. But if you can benefit from some of their design features, go ahead and get a pair. Or just get the simpler version of static push up bars.
Both will get you a great stretch.
Just do your pushups. With or without the perfect pushup handles, the good old pushup should be a mainstay in your workout regimen.
Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 63 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Active Boomers get lean, healthy and strong so they can be great role models and they live rewarding lives using his signature Spartan Method system.
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