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Thanks to this goddamn hurricane, I'm basically trapped inside. I tried screwing around outside, but got hit in the face by a rock from the wind, so I'm back inside. :eek:

Anyways, I'm just doing a bunch of pushups, because my triceps suck as of now, and I got a few questions.

-What are the purpose of "knuckle-ups?" I'm supposed to do them for karate, but they seem to do nothing but hurt my joints.
-What muscles does fingers-together pushups do? (You position your hands to where the fingers point towards each other.)
-How can I build some fast-twitch (or whatever) muscles?
- And anymore advice.

Looks towards all the buff members..
 

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knuckle pushups=pointless.

to build up your triceps...keep your arms/hands close into your body, and your elbows should be touching or right next to your ribs....go down and up SLOWLY...it doesnt matter HOWMANY you do, it matters HOW WELL you do them. so take your time, and do them slow.

so what if you can only do 8-12. take a 60-90second break, then go at it again. repeat for 4-5 sets, doing as many as you can each time.

then go to wide pushups. same thing, go slow. its up to you to keep good form. no igloo backs or anything. you have ot be your own referee here, keep good form and soon youll be doing more than you can now, and in 6-9 weeks youll see definitive muscle enhancement.

go to bodybuilding.com to see lots of good workouts and they have plenty of routines you can do if you have no free weights or machines.
 

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Knuckle ups do have a purpose. They make your knuckles harder and increase your resistance to pain in them. The more a bone is abused the harder it will rebuild itself. it will also grow. Punching **** also works but people usually dont like doing that because it hurts more. Pushups work out your chest too. Like dhill said what counts are well done pushups. Theres only so much u can do at home tho. Look online for home work outs. There are things that target specific muscles. Dont overwork just one muscle as you need to give it time to heal. Usually u should do specific muscles every other day. So do arms chest back one day and abs thighs calves another. Your body will need protein so eat meats.
 

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Knuckle ups do have a purpose. They make your knuckles harder and increase your resistance to pain in them. The more a bone is abused the harder it will rebuild itself. it will also grow. Punching **** also works but people usually dont like doing that because it hurts more.QUOTE]


thats a load of bs. the only thing you accomplish with knuckle pushups is tendonitis, bone wear, pain, and joint wear(leads to arthritis). the more a bone is abused the worse off you will be. bones arent muscles, they dont needs continual stimulation and abuse. muscles are what you need to shock and abuse.

learn the facts....and dont do knuckle pushups, they dont provide any extra benefits that normal ones do...and are actually worse for you
 

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Bowflexes are nice becuase changing weights is faster. Also much better becuase you don't have a bar to restrict your arms, its a cord. AS the commercial says "It helps build those stabalyzer(spwtfbbq) muscles. I've got one in the garage.
 

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instead of a bowflex youd be better off getting a dumbbell set that goes up to 70lbs or so...or the changeable ones that you can add weight...and get an adjustable bench.

with that you can do so much more and much better exercises than with any cable machine(such as a bowflex)
 

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knuckled ups DO have a purpose. he said he needs to do them for karate... you know why? make a fist and you'll most likely see that your knuckles dont all stick out the same length. This means if you are punching someone or something then all of the force will be exerted on that one knuckle or knuckles. Doing knuckle ups helps to allign all of your knuckles so that there is equal force exerted throughout your entire fist, hence, leading to a stronger blow. This is why you will see many karate experts have alligned knuckles on their fist and why they view this as being important. Physical benifits of knuckle ups- none really. karate benefits - read above
 

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Knuckle push ups do not have the benefit of improving your knuckle strength or whatever that genius was claiming. However, they are beneficial for those of us with limited range of motion in the wrist due to past fractures. It's very uncomfortable for me to do any more than 25-30 push ups with my wrists bent completely back, so I often do knuckle push ups. The technique described above for isolating the triceps was accurate, the wider grip that was described is for developing the pecs, not that you stated otherwise dhill, you didn't state what its purpose was at all. Niether one will completely isolate any muscle group as a pushup is a complex movement involving multiple joints, however you can focus more on one muscle group than another. If you really want to isolate your triceps I would recommend doing dips. Get 2 chairs facing each other, put your feet on one and your hands on the other. Lower yourself down until your elbows are at approximately a 90 degree angle then straighten them again. You can put weights in your lap to make it more difficult in order to build more muscle mass etc. etc. It's a good idea not to only work your triceps though, as you may become muscle bound. You need to also develop the antagonist of the triceps, the biceps. Assuming you don't have any conventional resistance training equipment available, one of the best ways to develop the biceps is underhand grip chin ups. Grip the bar with your palms facing your face and pull yourself up.
 

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I have a friend who has compound fractured his wrist twice and now has a plate and screws in there.. its IMPOSSIBLE for him to get his wrist bent back that way. He does knuckle pushups but only for that reason...
 

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Thanks, everyone, for the replies. Unfortunately, my power went out, so I didn't get to see any of them during the storm. I still do pushups, so it's all good.
 

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i say just get a sturdy bench and some weights at a yardsale for 20 bucks

dont get a bowflex. i can bench almost 200 now, and at the store demo i got the bowflex to 250. that means it either wears out fast or it sucks to begin with. as dhill said, you can do a LOT more with free weights than you will ever be able to do with cables, so dont fall for the hype. remember, commercials are usually a bit biased in what they say about the machines, cause theyre trying to sell you something. ask anyone whos been working out for atleast a few months and theyll tell you freeweights are much better
 

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If you really want to feel it, when you do the wide handed ones, but your hands up on books and make sure your chest touches the floor. That'll really make ya feel it.
you can also elevate your feet, so more bodily weight gets thrown on your front end. you should be able to gain a lot just by raising your feet up more and more to increase resistance, cause if you think about it, pushups doing a hand stand require mad muscle and a handstand is still considered elevated feet
 
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