Comparison of muscle activation using various hand positions during the push-up exercise.

@article{Cogley2005ComparisonOM,
  title={Comparison of muscle activation using various hand positions during the push-up exercise.},
  author={Robert M Cogley and Teasha A Archambault and Jon F Fibeger and Mandy M Koverman and James W. Youdas and John H. Hollman},
  journal={Journal of strength and conditioning research},
  year={2005},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={628-33}
}
Popular fitness literature suggests that varied hand placements during push-ups may isolate different muscles. Scientific literature, however, offers scant evidence that varied hand placements elicit different muscle responses. This study examined whether different levels of electromyographic (EMG) activity in the pectoralis major and triceps brachii muscles are required to perform push-ups from each of 3 different hand positions: shoulder width base, wide base, and narrow base hand placements… CONTINUE READING
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