Thanks for the excellent post. I am new to this, so I am sure some of they myths, or what I would like to beleive has yet to be sorted out from truth.
My legs are in good shape as I have been a consistent runner for many years (so I like the tone there, but I do question the strength levels). However, I do not have the squat in my routine currently. I have been trying to work out from home as I haven't found a gym that I like yet from a recent move. It is difficult for small guys to walk into a gym, and not get ridiculed.
As a result I was trying to do alot of bodyweight with additional weight exercises, just to help me get the muscles toned a bit more. Before I make that move
I do need to work on my back, I know farming from my younger days was never good on it, and I always used to pick up way more than I should have, the wrong way.
you need to focus on the big muscles: legs and back. You need to squat, press and pull. Everything else is extra. Without these you will not gain weight and you will not get strong.
You say press, is there a certain press that you would like to see me be doing that perhaps I am not? Same with pulls, like cable rows (which I actually like), or what do you have in mind?
The muscles worked by pushups are triceps, pectorals and anterior deltoids. Moving your hands together as in the triangle pushups works your triceps harder. Moving them forward works your delts more. Back and wide works your pecs more.
Excellent descriptipon. I knew that the grip, or the placement had to have some form of effect on the affected areas. That is what I was looking for.
A new spin on this for posterities sake, and just me wanting to learn. Lets say wide spread, does that work the full range of motion of the pectorals? So lets also say wide spread but instead of pushed back, they are neutral, or even declined. Are we still working on the pectorals primarily because of wide spread, or does the incline change that? Lets go back to my original statement if we can. Declined press I always thought worked the lower section of the pectorals, while a inclined press would work the upper portion. Neutral is obviously a little of both.
Is this possible, or was this something built up in my head again? That is, I want to be sure I am getting a full range of motion across my chest, so is a wide and declined "grip" going to do it for me?