A big reason we want that lever arm as long as possible is to develop core strength. Think about it. When you're performing push ups you are essentially in a plank position the whole time. It takes adequate core stability to perform push ups correctly and if your core is weak your push ups will most definitely suffer.
So how can we make push ups easier without reducing the length of the lever arm? We can do so by simply changing the body angle. Here my client Noria "my leggings are cooler than yours" McCarther is seen performing push ups on a racked barbell.
Once the racked barbell variation becomes too easy the bench can be used.
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