My client's pectoral muscles don't get sore from push-ups.
I have been teaching group fitness for many years and I have a student who never gets sore in her chest from doing push-ups. She gets sore in her back and arms, but not chest. She is a young woman who is very lean with not much muscle yet. I have tried every exercise and modification possible to try and improve pectoral strength. She will be joining the military in a month and needs to be able to do several push-ups. Any suggestions? Thanks!
I think TRX is great, but the leverage advantage if doing an incline pushup can be decieving. Most likely she is feeling the TRX nore because some stability is required from the chest muscles that the floor doesn't require.
I would have her do chest flys/presses with shorter ranges of motion / pull-ups and use a Dynamax medicine ball for chest press tosses
I could go on and on about pushups and their many variations, but I hope you get the idea of what to check for. Let me know if you need additional info. Coach Brad
Push-ups with load on your back (let's say, myself, I often use 20 lbs plate)
Push-ups combined with pull-ups from the bar of the Smith Machine
I do not get sore from push ups, either. Even when I add a load and raise my feet. I will feel the burn, but, that is it.
You could also try using elastic resistance around the back from hand to hand. Do more repetitions, too; do not stop at a set number, keep going to failure. This could take a while, but it is worth it.
Less soreness when in the military, that is a plus.