Push-ups are just a bodyweight substitute for the bench press right?
Wrong! Push-ups engage the muscles that stabilise the scapulae, those big bones under your lats, like no other.
“So what?” you say. Well according to Bill Hartman and Mike Robertson in a recent t-nation article:
Crappy scapular position leads to crappy scapular stability which leads to crappy rotator cuff function!
“Push-ups are boring,” you say, but have you tried
Close grip push-ups
One foot elevated push-ups
Grass hopper push-ups
Swiss ball push-ups
Then there are
Push-ups with bands
Push-ups with chains
And Medball push-ups
As demonstrated in Hartmans’ and Robertsons’ article
One handed push-ups
Come on, give me twenty!