The Perfect Pushup is not just for exercisers who are always on the look out for the next best exercise routine or equipment to stay in shape or keep you motivated, but also for those who stick to basic moves and tried-and-tested techniques.
It was developed by a former Navy Seal and manufactured by BodyRev
It claims to "maximize the effectiveness" of the basic up push up.
It also professes to maximize strength in the arms, shoulders, chest, back and abdominals while reducing joint strain" at the wrists.
Clinical tests referred to by BodyRev indicated that users of The Perfect Push up saw results after 10 workouts of less.
Nathan Boehlke and Dr. John Porcari led a team of Ace enlisted researchers at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (UWLAX), to study the soundness of the equipment’s claims and to compare it to the basic push up.
The participants included 13 healthy male UWLAX students who all had prior strength-training experience. Each participant was asked to perform five reps – with and without The Perfect Pushup – using 3 different hand positions: standard, wide, narrow.
The researchers used surface EMG to measure muscle contractions. The result are as follows:
"When subjects used the Perfect Pushup to perform standard and wide-position push-ups, the pectoralis major, anterior deltoid and triceps brachii were more highly activated than when conventional push-ups were performed. There were no differences for these same muscle groups when the narrow position was used, nor were there significant differences in EMG activation in the trapezius when using the Perfect Pushup for any hand position."
In general, the Perfect Pushup does not appear to educe more muscle reaction in the chest shoulders and triceps than performing your usual pushup on the floor. The researchers think that the reason why the Perfect Pushup draws out greater EMG activity may be related to the fact the participants were going through a wide rang e of motion (4-5 inches greater), compared to a floor-based or regular pushups. This could also be the reason why the Perfect Pushup, which limits range of motion, did not educe greater muscle response.
ACE exercise psychologists Fabio Comana, M.S., M.A., and Todd Galati, M.A. also tried their hand with the Perfect Pushup. Comana says, "The goal of an elevated push-up," says Comana, "is to reduce stress across the wrist joint and this device helps achieve this (as would a set of dumbbells). However, given the dynamic nature of the pivoting handles, I found it harder to maintain a neutral wrist position in all positions." He also shares his concerns about the accompanying US Navy Seal 2-minute workout, feeling that it would compromise technique and increased the risk injury.
Galati, on the other hand, thinks that the instability that the equipment offers may provide users with "a welcome challenge to individuals with good shoulder stability and health, it could increase the risk of injury for those who have shoulder problems or lack the strength to maintain shoulder stability." He encourages people with shoulder injuries to consult their doctor before using the Perfect Pushup, or even performing pushups of any kind.
Overall, the Perfect Push effectively works your chest, shoulder and triceps, is budget-friendly, and it does not take up much space. However, there’s not much else you can do with it.
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