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!
Karen, I just read your response so here are a few more suggestions: 1. Once she is able to perform 20 pushups to the military standard (which may have changed since I went through ROTC bootcamp in the 70’s), have her place her toes on an elevated step or even a BOSU ball or swiss ball. 2. Or, place a weight plate on her back (start easy) but go heavier if she can tolerate it.
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.