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On arm dumbbell pushups

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:58 am
by bob
I am interested in opinions on the one arm dumbbell pushup. I watched a guy at the gym do one with his hand on the dumbbell and the other arm on the ground instead of behind the back, but the dumbell was standing up rather than flat as i have seen it done before, so there was a more acute angle. Isn't doing a pushup at that angle a contraindiction with the shoulder joints?

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:15 am
by lightningsix
No idea what he was doing lol.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:33 am
by stuward
Doing one hand high and one hand low will put more stress on the side that is high. It's a way of making the exercise harder. Usually it's done with blocks. Maybe he didn't have any.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:42 am
by bob
Yes, it definitely is harder. I suppose it shouldn't be done though unless you have strong shoulders.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:33 pm
by stuward
It would probably help in making your shoulders stronger.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:36 pm
by lightningsix
I just found this online simply searching with google:
http://www.oxygenmag.com/main.php?page=1&id=574

If you notice, it includes the dumbbell one arm pushup and it claims to target mainly the pectoral muscles.

Just thought I would throw it out there

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:40 pm
by ironmaiden708
bob wrote:Yes, it definitely is harder. I suppose it shouldn't be done though unless you have strong shoulders.
Not neciscarily, that why you start with first being able to do a pushup then progressively move your hand lower until you can do it one handed. On the other hand, you won't be able to do one handed pushups without strong shoulders AND chest in the first place.

Other than it being an ego booster there doesn't seem to be a real good use for one handed pushups in a routine (at least to my knowledge). You could easily do weighted pushups in its place.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 12:43 pm
by stuward
It's nice to see an article directed towards women that actually show difficult exercises. Of course looking at the author it's not surprising.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:07 pm
by VoK
ironmaiden708 wrote:
bob wrote:Yes, it definitely is harder. I suppose it shouldn't be done though unless you have strong shoulders.
Not neciscarily, that why you start with first being able to do a pushup then progressively move your hand lower until you can do it one handed. On the other hand, you won't be able to do one handed pushups without strong shoulders AND chest in the first place.

Other than it being an ego booster there doesn't seem to be a real good use for one handed pushups in a routine (at least to my knowledge). You could easily do weighted pushups in its place.
From personal experience, I've found one handed pushups to be a great core workout. The tension throughout the abdominals and obliques is quite intense, especially when one has their legs closer together.
In addition, because of the different angle and forces involved, I feel that one handed pushups will work muscles in different ways.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:14 pm
by bob
I meant to add this guy also had his ankles crossed which probably added to the difficulty of the routine. I would think that weighted dips would be more effective than what he was doing.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:18 pm
by bob
Yes, the alternating dumbbell pushup is exactly how he set up except he did one side at a time. Thanks for that link! :smile:

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:20 pm
by ironmaiden708
I've found one handed pushups to be a great core workout
Squats and DLs would do a better job at working the core. Ever tried doing a set of pushups with a 100lb plate on your back?
In addition, because of the different angle and forces involved, I feel that one handed pushups will work muscles in different ways.
Any time you alter the angle of an exercise muscles will always get worked a little bit different.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 1:27 pm
by tyler
Weighted push ups would be better...the problem is you need someone to push down or hold the plate on your back. For those of us that are big losers and work out alone :green: like me, I might try this modification of a push up, as chest is hard to work out without barbell and bench set. I do alot of weighted dips!

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:05 pm
by Ironman
tyler wrote:Weighted push ups would be better...the problem is you need someone to push down or hold the plate on your back. For those of us that are big losers and work out alone :green: like me, I might try this modification of a push up, as chest is hard to work out without barbell and bench set. I do alot of weighted dips!
you just strap it on with a belt. That's how I did them.

Posted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 4:14 pm
by tyler
Like a normal pants belt?