Power Rack Weighted Push-Ups

This exercise is a GREAT way to add resistance to the push-up and get the bodyweight-exercise benefits of the push-up.

If you can do more than 15 reps of push-ups, they won't build a whole lot of muscle. But when you add significant resistance, they can be even better than heavy bench press for adding mass and strength. Moving your body through space means greater muscle fiber activation and greater functional strength.

This setup allows you to easily add as much (or as little) weight as you want to the exercise! (and it beats trying to find a person to sit on your back).

First, you'll need a power rack - set one safety rail near the very bottom (this is where your feet will be placed - maybe one or two notches up) and one about 2 to 3 feet or so off the ground (this is where your hands go).

If you don't have a rack but have a Smith machine or other adjustable-height bar setup, you can very easily use this exercise as well...just set the Smith bar higher and set your your feet on a bench or other low object. The reason you'll need to get your feet up is that otherwise the plates are probably going to hit the floor at the bottom of the rep.

To add weight, you'll need a dip belt - I'm using 90 lbs on the belt in the demo here. Start by getting the weight around your waist.

** Now here's the trick...you won't be leaving the weight on your waist. Instead, squat down and rest the weight plates on the ground - now slide the belt up to your mid-back. This will place it closer to your chest and shoulders and take any potential stress off the lower back during the exercise.

Basically, you're putting the weight closer to where your body is supporting it so that you're not putting pressure on the lower back.

Set your hands on the higher rail - right out to the sides near the uprights (or wherever is comfortable to you for a push-up).

Now step back and put your feet up on the lower safety rail. Your body should be in a pike position (slightly bent at the waist) - this will be the easiest on your lower back. At the top of the exercise, notice how my back is almost horizontal - these two things (along with the belt being higher up on my back) make this easy on the lower back. The pike position really takes the stress of the back and puts it on the chest.

Lower yourself down to the bottom of the push-up position then push back up, just like you were doing a regular push-up on the floor!

Because you're able to add pretty much as much weight as you like or need, this is a VERY useful exercise. If you ever can't complete a rep, all you have to do is step down and you're done. This makes it an ideal way to really work the push-up hard and get the "bodyweight exercise" benefits of the push-up while still getting the "progressive resistance" benefits of a free weight exercise.

Now check out the video!


 


 
 

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