GTG fist pushups.

Jak Nieuwenhuis

Level 6 Valued Member
What does everyone think?

I can do about 8 of them if the surface is on carpet. Only a couple on the pacevement (bare handed). If you get those cotton gloves with the little elastic blue dots on each side then you can take fist pushups anywhere.

I like to do them real slow and even crank out a couple partials reps in the middle of my sets.

Pushups on fists are different.
 

Chrisdavisjr

Level 6 Valued Member
Some people find them on their joints as it places the wrist in a neutral position. Some martial artists use them to condition the knuckles for impact although I'm dubious as to whether or not this is actually effective.

One possible benefit of keeping the wrist neutral is that it allows for a greater range of hand placements in practitioners who have limited wrist mobility.
 

North Coast Miller

Level 7 Valued Member
For what they are you can almost just hold at the midpoint or even fully chambered for some yielding iso- it's not like your pecs, traps or lats are going to give out before your knuckles. I like to roll from the index knuckle all the way to the pinkie.

I remember classes having to do those on hardwood and tile.
 

Pantrolyx

Level 5 Valued Member
Some people find them on their joints as it places the wrist in a neutral position. Some martial artists use them to condition the knuckles for impact although I'm dubious as to whether or not this is actually effective.

One possible benefit of keeping the wrist neutral is that it allows for a greater range of hand placements in practitioners who have limited wrist mobility.
I have found them to be quite effective for hardening the fists, but it may as well be due to the tension they require (and make a habit of) as the actual knuckle conditioning. The mental toughness aspect is probably also a reason for it being popular in martial arts and combat sports.
 

pet'

Level 8 Valued Member
Hello,

I practice them daily, on both hardwood and tile. I found several benefits:
- a slightly greater ROM if you really go from chest to ground to elbow lock
- better for wrist health
- increase stability in the wrist and forearm
- teach how to manage some kind of pain
- as a fighter, it is good for maintain a straight line between wrist and forearm during a punch

In no time, the pain / stability drawbacks are not an issue and you start reaping all the benefits

Kind regards,

Pet'
 

guardian7

Level 6 Valued Member
What does everyone think?

I can do about 8 of them if the surface is on carpet. Only a couple on the pacevement (bare handed). If you get those cotton gloves with the little elastic blue dots on each side then you can take fist pushups anywhere.

I like to do them real slow and even crank out a couple partials reps in the middle of my sets.

Pushups on fists are different.
I use the neutral grip for pullups as well. It is like a trapbar DL, it is quite a natural position. Think of picking up a box. There are also those little pushup handles that you can buy. They sit only a few inches off the ground and will give you the benefits of the neutral grip with less stress on your knuckles and less limitations on the floor you use. Don't go lower than your normal ROM though. But they don't look at cool. haha.

I think I remember reading that you can also put your hand on blocks of wood. The palm is still flat but you grip it which is kind of a natural position like pulling. I think it is an old school traditional martial art method.
 

Steve Freides

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What does everyone think?

I can do about 8 of them if the surface is on carpet. Only a couple on the pavement (bare handed). If you get those cotton gloves with the little elastic blue dots on each side then you can take fist pushups anywhere.

I like to do them real slow and even crank out a couple partials reps in the middle of my sets.

Pushups on fists are different.
I've always been able to do them. As a recent convert to one-armed pushups, I feel like it's overall better to learn to really feel your hands on the ground to best express your strength, and while I think one ought to be able to do them, they aren't necessarily my own first choice if I were to do only one kind of pushup.

-S-
 

WeightedPullups

Level 1 Valued Member
Martial arts has knuckle push-ups mostly because you will be breaking boards at times with a punch. short of that it's not necessary. I have been in traditional martial arts for over a decade (stopped many years ago for reasons of my own) and let me tell you knuckle push-ups on wood floor sucks. It takes time and you just have to be patient and consistent.
 
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