|Push ups with bands as they were done in the study at hand (Calatayud. 2014)|
It's a study that was based on the hypothesis "that the 6RM bench press and the 6RM push-ups would induce similar EMG levels." A study that was designed to confirm and falsify this hypothesis and a study to finally elucidate, whether exercise that produce similar EMG activities will also produce similar muscle size and strength gains. In short a study that was designed to determine, whether it makes sense that you use EMG data to plan your workouts.
I guess most of you are familiar with the implications a falsification of the hypothesis would have, right? Well, obviously, it would mean that the SuppVersity EMG Series and the corresponding study by Boeckh-Behrens Buskies et al. wouldn't be wort the memory it's using up on the SuppVersity part of the blogspot empire.
As you can see in Figure 1, the EMG Series is still worth reading. The results of the 5-week study in the course of which the participants, 22 men and 8 women (mean age 21.9 years) with a mean body fat level of 14%, who had not been strength training before, were randomized to one out of three groups, i.e., 6RM Bench press group, 6RM elastic band push-up group and the obligatory control group to evaluate muscle strength gain.
|Figure 1: EMG activity in pectoralis major and deltaoids (left) and bench press 6-RM strength pre- and post-test values (right) - muscle size not shown (Calatayud. 2014)|
- Calatayud et al. "Bench press and push-up at comparable levels of muscle activity results in similar strength gains." Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Publish Ahead of Print. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000589