Want to strengthen your chest? A study out of the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse set out to determine which exercises are the most effective. The researchers tested for motor-unit recruitment, firing rate, and synchronization to see which exercises led to the most muscle activation. The standard push-up didn’t fare well. The top three exercises are:
The full rankings and statistics can be seen in the chart below:
Although push-ups are relatively ineffective in activating your pectoral muscles, they may be the preferred exercise for someone who is interested in general fitness, a leaner look or is short on time and/or equipment.