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    Chris Hansen is offline Senior Member
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    Default Pushups rated by difficulty?

    Is there a list of pushup variations in order of difficulty? I'm not thinking of a one arm progression or a hspu progression but rather bodyweight pushing exercises in general, as many variations as you can come up with.

    I have a tentative list, it's not very complete and I would welcome input. I'm still figuring where to place some of them since they seem pretty close, or I just haven't practiced them very much:

    Pike pushups
    Pushups
    Yoga pushups
    Feet elevated pushups
    Feet elevated pike pushups
    Screw ups
    Dive bombers
    Swinging planks
    Pseudo planche
    Dips
    Archer pushups
    Handstand pu
    One arm pu

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    You should include weighted pushups. It was very surprising how putting a mere 5 kilo plate on my back reduced the number of pushups by about 60%. Can't account for why the reduction was so drastic.
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    finger tip pushup (Bruce Lee style ), Jack Lalane pushup, planche pushup , BTW these pushups are way beyond what I can do right now. I be happy just doing 50 or more regular pushups and be satisfied with my studly self...Dennis

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    Wall Push-up, Hindu Push-up, wide push-up, close hands push-up, fist push ups, typewriters, push-ups between chairs, push-ups between chairs feet elevated, reverse grip dips, fingers in push-ups, fingers out push-ups. Some kinda push-up with Dumbbells where you do a push-up the a row with each dumbbell, repeat. That's about all I know about shrimp, I mean push-ups.

    Oh yeah, and take a push-up position move your right hand six inches to the right and do a push-up. Move your right hand six inches left and move your left hand six inches to the left and do a push-up. Don't know what that one is called.
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    So many pushups, it's hard to keep track.

    One argument in favor of barbells is that it's easy to adjust the weight as needed. But I was thinking having enough pushup variations might be the next best thing. If you have your pushups arranged in order of difficulty, you could pick the appropriate level for any given workout. And as you get stronger, just keep going up the list and have enough variety to prevent boredom.

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    I think Convict Conditioning has the right idea and progression advancement overall. It could be that too many variations could detract from your goal. An old saying to keep in mind - "less is more" so as not to muddy things up...Dennis

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    Fireteam push-up, squad push-up... OORAH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ad5ly View Post
    I think Convict Conditioning has the right idea and progression advancement overall. It could be that too many variations could detract from your goal. An old saying to keep in mind - "less is more" so as not to muddy things up...Dennis
    CC has a good progression to one arm pushups but that doesn't agree with my shoulder so I'm looking for more two arm variations. Maybe weighted dips and planche progressions would be good.

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