Are wide-arm push-ups okay for the CFA

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  1. cmccollum4693

    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    for some reason i can get 70 wide arm pushups whereas i normally only get 50-55 with my hands exactly shoulder-width apart.

    and what's a good warm-up for the CFA? Taking it tomorrow
     
  2. AVT

    AVT USAFA 2015

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    I will let someone more experience comment on pushups.
    Before you take your test make sure you throw the basketball a couple of times.
    My first trial was 42' because it slipped my hand as I didn't adequately warm up.
     
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    Opinions vary. Back in the day, DPE used to recommend doing 5-10 pushups and 5-10 situps during the rest period prior to each respective APFT event. I wouldn't do more than 1-2 pullups prior to that event. Just do a few reps of each event, when possible, and stretch otherwise.
     
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    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    I don't think doing reps on push-ups or pull-ups as a warm up will help me. personally, doing pull-ups even the day before a pft will bring my max reps down by at least two. I was just looking for a warm-up to get my muscles primed for the exercises and to get my heart-rate up
     
  5. cmccollum4693

    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    back to the main question, can I do wide-arm push ups. I looked at the CFA guidelines and it just said "outside of the shoulders"
     
  6. tallbutshort

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    I (and lots of other people) did wide-arm pushups during the SLS CFA, so I think it's ok.
     
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    That is because you use different muscles depending on the width. Yes, they are okay.
     

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