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Old 08-31-2007, 01:47 AM   #1
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How much are you lifting when...

You do pushups? How much of your body weight are you actually moving when doing pushups?
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Old 08-31-2007, 02:04 AM   #2
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Thats a very general question. It depends on quite a few things even if you're talking about just a regular pushup, like your body type and where you would position your arms and hands in relation to your center of gravity.
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to find out, do a pushup with your hands on a scale.
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to find out, do a pushup with your hands on a scale.
that's really not accurate
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that's really not accurate
Why not? As long as the scale is calibrated in that range the scale would show the same weight that the floor would otherwise be supporting.

You're probably pushing ~50% of your weight as a ballpark figure (normal pushups on your toes).
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I think the only way you could be "pushing" almost all of your body weight is if you did handstand pushups. I've seen people do them by getting close to a wall and doing a handstand so the back of their feet are touching the wall for stability. I imagine they're difficult and semi-dangerous with all of that blood rushing to your head and exerting yourself at the same time. Get ready for a popped blood vessel. ewwwww
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Why not? As long as the scale is calibrated in that range the scale would show the same weight that the floor would otherwise be supporting.

You're probably pushing ~50% of your weight as a ballpark figure (normal pushups on your toes).
I dont know it just seems like a really inaccurate measurement. Maybe it's good though, I dont know.

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I think the only way you could be "pushing" almost all of your body weight is if you did handstand pushups. I've seen people do them by getting close to a wall and doing a handstand so the back of their feet are touching the wall for stability. I imagine they're difficult and semi-dangerous with all of that blood rushing to your head and exerting yourself at the same time. Get ready for a popped blood vessel. ewwwww
Even if you did it that way you'd be working out shoulders.
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Old 08-31-2007, 12:05 PM   #8
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to find out, do a pushup with your hands on a scale.
LOL good idea, but I agree, def. not an accuarate measure!
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decline pushups ftw!
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Old 09-03-2007, 01:20 PM   #10
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word if you want some easy work on the pecs just do your declines and incline pushups.

when im too lazy to go to the gym, i just mix up normal exercises
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mmm....this is a statics problem....I can see the diagram in my head....

You'd need to know your height, weight, length of arms, distance from toes to shoulders, distance from shoulders to top of head, and the approx postion of your center of gravity to calculate the answer.
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