Comparison of the effects of an eight-week push-up program using stable versus unstable surfaces.

Authors:  Chulvi-Medrano I, Martinez-Ballester E, Masia-Tortosa L

Rehabilitation and training professionals often use resistance exercises performed on unstable surfaces in order to increase the effort of the agonist and stabilizing muscles. However, it is unknown whether performing exercises on unstable surfaces provides a greater training stimulus as compared to training on a stable surface. The purpose of this study was to compare strength and endurance performance measures after push-up training on unstable versus stable surfaces. Results demonstrated that the addition of unstable surfaces in push-up training does not provide greater improvement in strength or endurance as compared to stable surface training.

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