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    difference between push ups and which one do you think is harder?

    So I just actually started doing knuckle push ups today and I find that much harder then diamond push ups so is there any benefit to doing both or just focus on one type of push up?
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    If you want to try different pushup variations, go for it. As you get stronger, it's a good idea to go for harder variations. Other types to try would be closer grip, or elevated grip handles (for greater range of motion), or toes elevated on a platform.

    You can do regular pushups on a rest day, and harder variations as accessories during workout days. There are any number of ways you can approach it.
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    Originally Posted by helpmeout1 View Post
    So I just actually started doing knuckle push ups today and I find that much harder then diamond push ups so is there any benefit to doing both or just focus on one type of push up?
    Diamonds are nothing compared to Canadian push ups

    Good luck with those
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    Originally Posted by latverian41 View Post
    Diamonds are nothing compared to Canadian push ups

    Good luck with those
    Canadians are nothing compared to Cambodian pushups.

    Good luck with those.
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    The variance between certain types of pushups can amount to minutia with some getting particularly hard of course. Pretty much just make sure you're operating at the same performance with appropriate coordination.

    I don't think knuckle pushups are that weird given that you give your forearms enough leverage, keeping them perpendicular with the ground and maybe pushing from more of a 45 degree elbow orientation rather than flaring them out. Basically wherever it makes it easier to drive more force through.

    Like, more like the second picture instead of the first picture:



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    Originally Posted by DCSpartan View Post
    Canadians are nothing compared to Cambodian pushups.

    Good luck with those.
    There is no comparison between Canadian pushups and Cambodian pushups.



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    Diamond supposedly targets the triceps more. Some people I know that do knuckle push ups, it was because of wrist pain from the "normal" hand position or they are trying to condition their fist/wrist for punching. Regards to what is harder between those two, gunno guess which ever you are less use to doing. Personally, I do regular push ups (and most others) with my hands just slightly wider than shoulders, and a crap ton of dips, so I don't bother with diamond. I do feet on ground (regular), feet elevated, pike (for shoulders), pseudo planche push ups and tucked planche push ups. As well as planche leans and straddle planche holds (upper and lower) and also working on handstand. When I do planche skill stuff, I try to do most of it on short parallete bars.

    As far as the hardest push up, gonna go with 90 degree push ups. First you gotta be strong at pushing to a handstand. Drop down like you're doing a combination handstand push ups with bent arm planche, then push yourself back up.
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    It depends what your goal is with them.
    The knuckle push ups have a smaller base to push from while the diamond push up with the close hand placement has a longer push to lockout.
    The knuckle push up is a favorite of some martial arts.
    The diamond is a good tricep movement if locked out completely.
    I would set a goal with one or the other and achieve it then try the other style with a goal in mind .
    Compare and come to your own conclusion with whats better for you.
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    Also, make sure to go full range of motion. I am not the form check police, but there are a lot of people doing push ups at my gym and a lot are so far off. It is not even close. Some guys in the down position and it looks like they are just vibrating because their range of motion is nothing. They go from down to up and it probably is not much more than an inch difference Arms never go straight. Some guys in the up position with sagging lower body, arms never get close to 45. I try to purposely use scapla for a lot of things. For push ups and dips, I don't do it for every set, but will have at least 50 reps where I go all the way up by protracting the scapula.


    Dead serious. There are more than just a few guys that do push ups something @ these videos at my gym. Some of them are even in shape.





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    I've done push ups on my knuckles most of my life, always found them to be easier that way. I like the neutral wrist position. It's comfortable. It increases range of motion a tad, but still think they are easier than flat hands.

    Form - yeah I see so many people doing crap form also. The way I always told my gymnasts to do it was: draw an imaginary line between fingertips (flat hand version), and touch the chin and nothing but the chin to the floor in front of the imaginary line.
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