Do normal press ups work the upper chest?

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Yes, but try wide arm press ups too. They work your shoulders harder, helps get broader shoulders and more definition
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Yes, but try wide arm press ups too. They work your shoulders harder, helps get broader shoulders and more definition
Proof? Only thing I have heard about wide arm press ups is that they are more likely to cause injury.
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Proof? Only thing I have heard about wide arm press ups is that they are more likely to cause injury.
They are pretty widely used, they build up your shoulders and upper body well in my experience, and you can feel it working. As for causing injury, how is it more dangerous than a regular press up? Proper form and you should be fine
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They are pretty widely used, they build up your shoulders and upper body well in my experience, and you can feel it working. As for causing injury, how is it more dangerous than a regular press up? Proper form and you should be fine
The proper form of a pushup is with your elbows tucked in, wide pushups don't allow this to happen and force you to shrug your shoulders and contort your elbows.
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The proper form of a pushup is with your elbows tucked in, wide pushups don't allow this to happen and force you to shrug your shoulders and contort your elbows.
That is true, however that's just one side, provided you already have some decent chest strength, you can properly perform a wide arm push up, with similar form to a regular push up. Obviously it's personal choice, and I understand if you would rather stick to regular push ups, wide arms are something I always incorporate into work outs and have yet to have an issue - so I can't give actual proof, to be completely honest.
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The proper form of a pushup is with your elbows tucked in, wide pushups don't allow this to happen and force you to shrug your shoulders and contort your elbows.
I thought the proper form of a push up is with elbows at a 45 degree angle.
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I thought the proper form of a push up is with elbows at a 45 degree angle.
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Normal press ups work out the arms. The weight of the body going down is held by the arms, which builds their muscles.
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Nope l was born with good genes l have broad shoulders l dont need to go to the gym
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Wide arm is recommended for definition towards your shoulders but any push up works especially if it’s a slow rep, good form or perhaps weighted

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Incline pushups target the upper chest better. Sticking to standard pushups isnt that beneficial.
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I thought the proper form of a push up is with elbows at a 45 degree angle.
It can be, but you should aim for less because you want to stretch and tense the fibres of the chest as much as possble. The only way to do so is when your elbows are tucked in.
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there are many types of push-ups for different situations. I trained up to pull-ups using diamond push-ups. I have heard wide arm push-ups can be bad for your shoulder joints long term, so I have limited the amount I do that. I am not a bodybuilder or anything too special so you should listen to what these smart people say as well.
Also, I just realized I didn't answer your question soory!
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Incline pushups target the upper chest better. Sticking to standard pushups isnt that beneficial.
Right, I’ll look into that then
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yes and pushups are the best form of exercise along with pullups for bodyweights. Do plenty of them everyday and you will see insane results. make sure you work on your legs though too, if you have the chance to go for swimming then go for it otherwise do plenty of squats as well per day
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