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Old 05-08-2006, 09:57 AM   #1
Eric Lester
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I have trained a couple of people that were either very overweight or out of shape or both. When having them do pushups I generally have them do a regular pushup on hands and feet even if they can only go down a couple inches.

Would it be better to have them do pushups from the knees and have a larger range of motion?
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:12 AM   #2
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Why not have them do wall or chair push ups until they can do normal?
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:13 AM   #3
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I've tried wall but have had trouble getting them to put enough of their weight on the wall for it to do anything. I had not thought about chair. I may give this a try.
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:14 AM   #4
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Full ROM. No question about it.
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:21 AM   #5
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This is one of the few things that a Smith machine is good for in my experience...use the bar as you would a chair, the height is adjustable and you get full ROM.
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Old 05-08-2006, 12:17 PM   #6
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Ditto on the smith machine...very easy to adjust the height as their strength progresses. I've had great luck with all my clients using this method.
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Old 05-08-2006, 12:32 PM   #7
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Our free CrossFit Kids Magazine has a great progression for push ups.
I don't let anyone do "knee Push ups". We move them to a wall, box or other suitable apparatus. I find that most of the people who have trouble with the push ups have trouble with the plank position. I like to see them fix that while they gain the strength required in their shoulder girdles.
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Old 05-08-2006, 12:33 PM   #8
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Or if you're in a gym, use the bench. More stable than a chair and good rom
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:05 PM   #9
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We've heard both full ROM from Matt G. and full plank from Jeff M. Both should be helpful and variety is what makes Crossfit go 'round.

I suspect the best version would be the version they hate the most.
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:40 PM   #10
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Actually, Lincoln, both are full ROM- they just differ in how the load is mitigated. I think we can all root for making sure they cover the full range- it's the only way you get to have accurate counts, the only way they will recognize how to push themselves. Using a full plank allows you to adjust height and progres, and I see lots of extra cheating in the knee pushups, so you know my vote. But just think- does a partial ROM clean- one you don't rack- count? No- but lighter weight does. Not that their isn't room for partial and holding planks (or clean pulls, to use my example)- but it's not a day in-day out activity.
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