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Push-ups and pull-ups have always been considered the 2 best exercises that you can do to train your torso. The reason behind that's both of these exercises target every major group of muscles of the torso. You would be surprised regarding how good of shape you can get into when you only perform these two exercises. Ask those who have gone through 'boot camp' and see what sort of shape they are in? Question them what exercises they did?
You will find three good reasons why it is important to do both movements or exercises.
1. Saves time...both of these workouts are compound movements, meaning they target more than one muscle at a time. Both of these exercises allow you to train all the major muscle groups of the upper body. This is extremely helpful if time is a element in your hectic agenda.
2. Targets virtually all of the muscles of the torso. Push-ups or any type of pushing movement like a the bench press targets your chest, shoulders and triceps - half your torso. Pull-ups or any kind of pulling motion targets a totally different set of muscles. The pulling motion targets your back, biceps and forearm - another major muscle groups of your torso.
3. Reduces shoulders and neck pain. A lot of shoulders and neck pain is brought on by muscle imbalance, brought on by over-training certain muscles over others. The fact that just about anyone can perform push-up or modified push-up makes it easy and easy to include this exercise. Unfortunately a lot of people can't do pull-ups. Nearly all women along with a large percentage of men can't do just a few pull-ups, so that they neglect this important exercise. This contributes to muscle imbalance and a contributing step to upper back and neck pain. Performing an equal number of teams of both push-ups and pull-ups can greatly reduce the your chance of upper back and neck pain. Modified or Australian pull-ups are a good substitute for those who can't perform a complete pull-up. The benefit of the modified pull-up is it allows you to off-load a certain amount of your own bodyweight, thus allowing you to obtain the same benefit of a pull-up.
It's unfortunately, but both men and women are equally responsible for omitting pull-ups to their workout, and over-training their chest muscles. If you happen to be looking for ways to add shape and tone for your body make sure you train virtually all of the muscles of your torso - not only the beautiful muscles you can observe within the mirror. Whether it is free standing pull-ups or modified pull-ups they are an excellent addition to add to your training routine.