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    Push-up substitute

    Hello everyone,

    First of all, sorry if this has been asked before, but the search function is not been kind to me.

    I would like to ask if anyone can recommend me exercises to substitute for push-ups. I know push-ups are a staple of exercise, but many years ago, I suffered from a very bad wrist injury that has left me unable to do push-ups due to pain in the wrist. Even with push-up bars, after I do a certain number it starts hurting, and the push-up bars are not really good for close-hands pushups.

    Ideally, I would like to sub push-ups for an exercise that doesn't require equipment, but if there is no other, I can also try and get some necessary equipment.

    Thank you for reading my question.

    #2
    Perhaps bench press using bands iso barbell or dumbbells?

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      #3
      Originally posted by RockNTennessee View Post
      Perhaps bench press using bands iso barbell or dumbbells?
      Thanks for the ideas

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        #4
        There are so many push-up variations. I have a bad wrist too, and grips really help me. But because I have a little tendonitis in my elbow and wrists I have to be careful how much I load up my arms. I find many full push-ups too hard to do for that reason. I can do them, but my form is terrible and there is no point cheating a push-up. No one cares if you do 50 crappy head bobs and call them a push-up.

        What I do is knee push-ups, concentrating on good form. I feel it in my back and triceps. You could try those or try an elevated push up where instead of doing it on the floor, you lean against a wall or a desk or a chair. Work with as much load as you can and keep good form because there is a reason push-ups are a staple of exercise programs.

        Here's the Darebee guide to push-ups with variations. Just do these instead of the full ones: https://darebee.com/pushups-guide.html

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          #5
          Try dolphin push-ups. You rest on your forearms rather than your wrists. And they are also great fun!

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