Pushups are more than a just a simple exercise that people use for warmups before a workout or a cool down after a workout, if pushups are done regularly you can build a great deal of strength throughout the whole body.
You will find that the pushup can be a very physically demanding exercise, if done the right way they can build a tremendous amount of explosive strength.
People think that the only and right way of doing pushups is do them slow, if you want to be slow train them slow, if you want speed do them as fast and as explosive as you can.
Some people can do 100 pushups in a row, but if you tried to do 100 pushups then jumped up and did 10 pullups how would you feel, could you complete it, now we will do the same amount of pushups and pullups but we will change it around a little bit, do 10 pushups, jump up and do 1 pullup, continue this for 10 sets, no rest until all 10 sets are completed.
If you want to build explosive strength try these types of pushups:
The explosive atlas pushup: This pushup is done between 2 chairs or stools, put your hands on the chairs or stools, keep your feet on the floor, dip down between the 2 chairs until your chest is just below the chairs, now from the bottom position explode up as fast and as hard as you can bringing your hands off the chair, then come back down, landing on the chairs. Repeat this for as many times as you can.
This pushup can be made harder by coming up from the bottom position and touching both hands to your chest and back to the chair.
The 3 position explosive pushups: These pushups are 3 pushups in one, the hands close together, hands shoulder width, hands spaced wide.
Start this pushup with the hands under your chest, do a pushup, explode up bringing your hands off the ground and spreading your hands shoulder width apart, do another pushup, explode up bringing your hands off the ground and placing them outside your shoulders.
Once you complete all three pushups this is 1 completed pushup, now reverse the order you just did them. Wide, shoulder width, close ( under you chest) continue until you do 10 reps or you can jump back to the starting position ( wide to close) as long as you don't stop moving, there is no rest.
If you want to make this harder put your feet on a bench or chair. so your jumping from one pushup to another changing the spacing of your hands in one movement, these are demanding but will give you explosive power.
John Grube is an expert on the subject of bodyweight training. He has over 25 years of training experience and is the author of The Wildman Training Program manual , The New Expanded version The Wildman Training Course and The Super Strength Playground Training Manual. For more info http://www.wildmantraining.com