Try this and tell me whether this is the hardest pushup variation ever.
It doesn’t sound like much, but give it a try. Its a variation of the traditional pushup. The trick is in the hand positioning.
Get in traditional pushup position. Put hands on cement blocks. The hands should be positioned as follows. The hands should be placed palms down near the edge of the blocks so that the palms are on the top surfaces of the blocks, with the knuckles at the edge. The fingers should hang over the edge and point downward to the floor. Avoid the tendency to grip the block and throughout keep your fingers straight and pointed to floor. Push with pressure mostly on palms. Otherwise do pushups regular way. Do 5-8 sets of the most reps that you can.
I have never, ever felt this sore in my triceps, upper chest and shoulders.
Anyone have an explanation why pointing the fingers downward in this fashion turns this pushup variation into a brutual exercise?
I could be completely wrong but I don’t think its the pointing fingers downward thats making the pushup more difficult. My guess would be that because you are only putting weight on your palm you are using different parts of your arm and using certain parts more intensely. Again I could be completely wrong.