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The Perfect Pushup System Helps Develop the Perfect Punch

The Perfect Pushup System Helps Develop the Perfect Punch

Stew Smith, CSCS

Everyday, at least one of the emails I receive is from someone (male or female) seeking to improve pushups performance. Some maybe trying to do 10 pushups and others are attempting to get over 100 pushups in a two minute period to ace their physical fitness test (PFT) requirements.

Over the years, I have developed several methods to increase pushups as well as written articles on ways to implement them into your training plan. I always use the Shoulder Workout (below) as a pushup supplement to strengthen the stabilizing muscles of the shoulder to help increase your pushup repetitions. See related articles below:

-Pushup Push Workout

-Perfect Pushups

- Shoulder Workout

Each of the articles above discusses advanced methods and training techniques for beginners seeking to add pushups to their program.

Recently, a former Navy SEAL buddy of mine, Alden Mills has developed a new device that enables either a beginner or advanced pushup performer to increase strength, PFT repetitions, as well as help stabilize the shoulder joint.

Speaking to Alden Mills about the Perfect Pushup, he stated that “you are only as strong as your stabilizing muscles”. In case of the pushup, the muscles that stabilize your shoulder are the rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, subscapularis, infraspinatus, and the teres minor) and of course you will also work your chest, deltoid, and triceps muscles. Not to mention, your abdominal, upper back, and lower back / hip muscles will be engaged when doing the pushup. That is why when people with shoulder issues or lower back issues attempt to do pushups their form will suffer which could lead to injury of any of the above muscles or related joints.

The Perfect Pushup allows you to work the stabilizing muscles of the shoulders and Alden’s program sets you on a path to performing pushups with a new twist. The Perfect Pushup is basically “pushup bars” BUT they are free spinning and allow your wrist / shoulder to rotate slightly so you can engage all the muscles of the shoulder better.

I find the Perfect Pushup to be nearly THREE TIMES harder than a regular pushup. I put the Perfect Pushup to a test in a workout called Swim PT, where I rotate about 5 – 10 sets of swimming (or running) mixed with PT / weights exercises:

- Swim 200-250m, jump out of the pool and perform

- 40-50 pushups

- 50 abs of choice

- Military press – 10-15 reps

- Bicep curls 10-15 reps with a set of dumbbells on the pool deck

When doing normal pushups in this workout, I usually crank out 40-45 reps before fatigue starts to set in. When using the Perfect Pushup, I have to drop my reps to 15, sometimes 10 due to fatigue. The Perfect Pushup is great for people who have been doing pushups for years. The natural rotation of the arms mimics that of throwing a punch where you twist the arm from the shoulder to the wrist nearly 90 degrees to generate more power for the perfect punch.

For beginners, it is strongly advised to start off on your knees so you can build the easily injured rotator cuff muscles as well as your core muscles carefully over time. Supplements workouts to help you with shoulder stability and lower back / abdominal strengthening can be found in the StewSmith.com Archive links:

- Shoulder workout

- Stomach / Lower back Workout

Good luck with your workouts! Feel free to email if you have any questions concerning any of my articles, new topics, or downloadable books at stew@stewsmith.com. Thanks for your emails.’’

Want to improve your workouts? Visit Stew Smith’s PoliceLink Fitness Store for customized, downloadable ebooks written specifically for law enforcers.


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    BIL7344

    over 6 years ago

    18 Comments

    The shoulder workout and stomach/lower back work out have been great!!

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    YPADILLA_CSI

    over 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Thanks for the Workout Tips - Well written article

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    bad_LT

    almost 7 years ago

    2374 Comments

    Good info

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    bad_LT

    almost 7 years ago

    2374 Comments

    Good info

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    Keex2

    almost 7 years ago

    32 Comments

    I have recently started back doing push ups,and I agree changing the position of your arms during the push ups does help to squeeze out more. Since doing that I can now knock out 60 push ups in one set.

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    alstande

    almost 7 years ago

    2 Comments

    when doing push ups, change position of arms . a wider stance utilizes chest muscle and closer utilizes triceps, it will help you squeeze out a few extra for our apft !!!!! GO ARMY

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    BBUCK90351

    almost 7 years ago

    4 Comments

    I thought about purchasing this product but after checking out the site, I was troubled by seeing the actor, Jamie Foxx. I'm not sure if Stew Smith is aware of Mr. Foxx's criminal record of trespassing, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. All stemming from an incident that occurred at a New Orleans casino, Harrah's, on April 26, 2003. Which was documented by the local newpaper, The Times Picayune. I have email Mr. Smith in hopes that he will find someone else to represent his products.

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    Station33

    almost 7 years ago

    4 Comments

    I bought the Perfect Pushup, and I have to tell you I absolutely love it. I usually use them after my upper body workout as a means of pushing my chest to work even harder. I used the Perfect Pushup for about a month and recently tried doing normal ones. What a difference! Normal pushups were amazingly easy, and I could do more than I thought. Very good product.

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