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Single Arm Push Up – Base of support variation progression/regression

I was recently asked by a mate of mine to provide some thoughts around how we could look to progress one to being able to perform a single arm push up.  From my point of view this can be done a number of ways i.e.  altering the position of the body relative to the ground such as having them perform single arm push up against a wall and then gradually have them move to a lower height such as a table and then to the floor.  Another option is to look at altering ones base of support as demonstrated in the videos below.  I also believe using bands to assist with reducing the load might be useful in another way so that one can actually look to perform some volume work.    Incorporating several strategies that allows one to work on technique, volume and also addressing the weak aspects of their single arm push up will be of value.

Disclaimer:  the last video in this series (the attempt at the single arm push up) is pretty crappy 🙁

This blog post was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy. Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading Osteopathy clinics. At the clinic we treat a wide range of clients, ranging from the office worker, exercise enthusiast to athlete. We have 3 experienced osteopaths working across both of the clinics. The Melbourne City CBD clinic is located at 29 Somerset Place (basement), close to the corner of Elizabeth St and Little Bourke in the Melbourne City CBD. Our premises adjoin the Jon Weller Personal Training Studio, a fully-equipped training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials or specific training programs and rehabilitation. The Docklands clinic is located at 717 Bourke St (Ground Floor), beneath the Channel 9 building near the walkway from Southern Cross Train Station to Etihad Stadium. Our premises adjoin Pilates on Bourke, a fully-equipped pilates and yoga training space which allows clients to combine their osteopathy treatment with exercise tutorials, pilates or specific training programs and rehabilitation. To speak to an Osteopath or book an appointment at Principle Four Osteopathy, please book online or call 03 9670 9290.