A COMPARISON OF THE PERFECT PUSH-UP™ TO TRADITIONAL PUSH-UP

  • M. Bohne
  • J. Slack
  • T. Claybaugh
  • J. Cowley
Keywords: push-ups, electromyography, biomechanics

Abstract

The push-up has traditionally been used to help improve arm and shoulder girdle strength and endurance (ASGSE) (Baumgartner, Oh, Chung, and Hales, 2002). The Perfect Push-Up™ was designed to help improve the work-out that could be obtained while performing push-ups. While the claims from the manufacturer seem appealing there is little to no research to support their claims. The purpose of the current study is to examine the muscle activity and arm kinematics while using the Perfect Push-Up™ compared to traditional push-ups, thus addressing the claims of an improved work-out.