February 08, 2022 9 min read
The Pike Press is a great exercise that can build major shoulder muscles and chest strength, but not everybody enjoys doing pike presses.
They are also hard to do if you are recovering from any type of minor injury. However, if you consider a few alternative exercises, you can quickly build up enough strength perform them correctly.
In this article, we’ll show you ten of the best pike press alternatives. When done with the proper form, you will be sure to gain from these exercises.
The key to all of these exercises is to maintain proper form through your movement patterns to keep your shoulders safe. You should feel every single rep in your upper body. If you feel any kind of pain, seek medical advice immediately.
Always warm up properly to reduce the risk of injury and don’t try to do too much at the beginning.
Proper form can become challenging through a loss of stamina so take rest periods or move on to your next exercise if needed. If you are trying to improve your level of endurance, consider trying HyperAde.
This is a basic strength exercise that works your chest, upper body and upper chest. Although it requires a weight machine, you should be able to find the machine pretty easily in most gyms. Be sure to grip and contract your pec muscles to make this exercise much more effective.
The muscles used in the cable crossover may change slightly based on your range of motion and technique, but generally, the muscles used for cable crossover include your pecs, traps, and deltoids.
Also known as the overhead press, the barbell military press is another type of shoulder exercise that works your traps, deltoids, and front deltoids.
When done correctly, it can also target your neck, shoulders, upper back, and upper body.
Be sure to stand upright with your feet at hip width. Keep your legs straight, engage your glutes, and brace your core while you pull your ribs in.
Some common mistakes are leaning back during this exercise because your shoulders, pecs, and lats might start feeling too tight.
This can put too much pressure on your lower back and so it should be avoided. Standing with your back against a wall is a good way to force you to stand upright.
The sphinx pose is a beginning backbend in yoga that helps train your chest, lungs, and lower back. The exercise also strengthens your spine and buttocks and helps lengthen your abdominal muscles.
As you are beginning, consider doing the sphinx pose standing up at first. Stand facing a wall, then put your forearms shoulder-width apart and your palms to the wall. Align your elbows with your shoulders.
You should feel the effects of this exercise in your upper pecs, abs, traps, deltoids, and side deltoids.
The Superman exercise helps develop your core and lower back muscles while providing a great stretch for your back.
This floor exercise is popular in yoga studios, boxing gyms, and even bootcamps.
Try to lift your hands and feet up to the same height off the floor to create a nice even curve through the back of your body. Avoid over-lifting your legs because this can put too much pressure on your lower back.
To make this movement more difficult, consider raising both the right arm and right leg at the same time. You can also try a tweaked Superman.
If you have narrow thighs, try changing the angle by just raising your upper body. Generally, the muscles used in this exercise are going to include your hamstrings, deltoids, glutes, spinal erectors, transverse abs, and rhomboids.
Burpees are a dynamic movement combining both strength and cardio by engaging most major muscle groups of the body in rapid succession. They involve squats, push-ups and jumps, and you should expect your heart rate to elevate significantly while performing them.
You can increase the intensity of this exercise simply by doing the whole sequence faster or with more repetitions.
Use the instructions above, but just speed up all of your movements. Generally, the muscles used in this exercise are going to include your abs, calves, triceps, quadriceps, hip flexors, pecs, deltoids, rear deltoids, and wrist flexors.
The fast burpee is a complex movement when you do it dynamically with a steady flow and rhythm, so always keep your core muscles braced when you are jumping your legs out and in, as well as when you lower your chest to the floor. If you are new to strength training, bring one leg behind you at a time into the plank position from your squat, rather than running right out into the plank position.
The rear delt is a hard-to-reach muscle, so your form is very important when you do this exercise. It is best to start with a light pair of dumbbells and do about 10 reps. As you get more comfortable with the exercise, you can increase the weight. To make sure you are training the right muscle, keep your range of motion slow and controlled.
There is hardly a more challenging bodyweight-only pike push up alternative than the handstand push up. It involves pressing against your bodyweight in the handstand or upside-down position.
If you can do a freestanding handstand push-up without the assistance of a wall, you will also be working your core muscles and improving total body stabilization.
If you need to use a wall, then you can, and this is also a good progression into the freestanding version if you plan to ever get to that level of fitness and build really muscular deltoids.
This is an amazingly beneficial training tool for building muscle, increasing strength, developing total body functionality and stability, and improving your athleticism and coordination.
It is also a good option if you have shoulder mobility issues.
You can do a kneeling press, standing press, two-arm press, one-arm press, and other possible variations that are all different from other pressing movements due to the nature of the movement. The landmine press is the perfect pike press alternative.
For all of these exercises, you’ll need to pay extra attention to your form and emphasize quality over quantity to improve your strength. We recommend up to 10 slow, controlled reps as you get started.
Do 2 or 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps about twice a week and rest for a minute between rounds for maximum strength gain.
You can slowly start adding more reps and sets to help you produce rapid muscle and strength gains.
If you want to achieve maximum strength, you may choose to do one low-rep, strength-focused session and then one higher rep, hypertrophy-focused workout that often includes deadlifts or squats. Your muscles will generally need a long time to recover properly from a workout like this.
Recovery time is often at least 48 hours and up to 72 hours.
You also may want to change the position of your hands from time to time to maximize your gains.
Chest muscle activity can be greater when push ups are done with the hands placed halfway inward from their normal position.
As for actual muscle mass, you can get some really spectacular results from these exercises.
You will find that other exercises like dips can also help you quickly strengthen your triceps and pecs together by using 100 percent of your body weight, which is far more than what you would ever lift during a floor press session of regular push ups. Even though they generally require you to lift more weight, many beginners find dips a little easier to do.
The pike press and all of these alternatives are good ways to build a bigger chest, and they can also be used to build bigger shoulders, forearms, biceps, and triceps. Bodyweight exercises like presses can often lead to a high level of overall hypertrophy, which is something that can directly build all of your major muscles, not just the ones you are training at the time.