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    Rich in Nor Cal is offline Senior Member
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    Default One-armed wall pushup to one-armed floor pushup to one-armed handstand pushup

    Recently, I tried a suggestion I read in this forum, to work towards the one-armed pushup by starting at CC step one, wall pushups, but doing them one-handed. I tried it and it was too easy, so I tried the dining room bar, then the kitchen counter, before trying the back of the sofa (about 32", 4 or 5 inches below my waist) and finding it just right for doing two one-armed pushups. I'm going to try to work my reps up to 5, then drop in 6 inch increments to the floor.

    At work today I had the thought that well, why stop at the floor? Why not start raising the feet to make the floor OAPU harder? And then, as the feet go higher and higher, and more resistance is transferred from the chest to the shoulders and triceps, keep incrementally raising the feet, until one is nearly vertical, and Voila!, one is doing an OAHSPU!

    I hope I described my idea clearly. It might take me a year or two, it might be no better than the traditional CC method, but off the top of my head I don't know why it would be worse. Anyway, I like to experiment, so I'm going to give it a try. I'll update in a few months with how it's going, and if I hit any roadblocks.

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    Good but it's nothing new. You use standard OAPU progression from Naked Warrior. Pavel also wrote about elevating one's feet after mastering floor OAPU.
    Com. Alexander Lechner used OAPU with feet on high elevation as well as few other exercises with good results. You may want to read this:
    one-arm handstand press-ups observations

    Simple approach to a solid one arm handstand pushup - - -

    How to Excel at One-Arm Bodyweight Exercises: A Bodyweight Strength Training article from Dragon Door Publications

    So now GTG palm elevated OAPUs and start working on one arm handstand against the wall, when you get stronger start adding weigth. When you work up to several strict OAPUs on the floor and develop solid one arm handstand with additional weight you can start elevating your feet in OAPU or work on finger assisted one arm HSPU. Try both and decide which works better for you. Even if you won't achieve unassisted OAHSPU you will still develop some serious strength.

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    bob.giles24 is offline Junior Member
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    It is a greatexercise to add into your routine to help tighten and tone your arms, chest and core muscles. An one-arm wall push up will help to strengthen your chest,arms and your core muscles. And when you are doing one-arm wall push you need not put as much pressure on your back as doing a push up on the ground does.
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    Rich in Nor Cal is offline Senior Member
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    Thanks for the feedback, comrades. I only have CC and Superjoints by Pavel, so the plagiarism was unintentional. I was doing the uneven pushups from CC when I hit on this idea. Seems like two roads to the same goal, except I like the idea of using GTG Pavel-style with pushups. I'll check out the links Grunwald, and Bob.Giles, yes I agree, pushups so much better than bench presses that I'll probably never do a bench again. Many thanks to Pavel, Paul Wade, and the many people with new information on this forum for having revolutionized my thinking about, and ways of keeping, fit.

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