something surprising about push ups...............

  • hdurdinr

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    Oct 01, 2010 11:48 AM GMT
    So, yesterday was my first day back at a gym in three months because for the last while I have been in the countryside with no gym etc.... so to keep fit I did 100 push ups everyday and also 50 pull ups (not consecutively) - so when yesterday evening I went to the bench press expecting to lift much less than I was, I found the complete opposite to be true - the weight I was struggling with before was much much easier! Hurray for push ups and pull ups!
    So I recommend doing that if you want to push through a plateau - and don't forget to post your push ups to the might push up challenge started by rockbiter icon_biggrin.gif
  • tumtitums

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    Oct 13, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
    i agree push ups work your chests and pull ups do various muscle groups. icon_cool.gif The are very underused exercises by people who go to gyms
  • SoDakGuy

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    Oct 13, 2010 7:28 PM GMT
    I should do push ups. My chest is pretty small.

    Oh wait ... I already do. icon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 13, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    Push Ups are great and earlier I used to hate doing them, but now after doing them regularly for a while, love them.
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    Oct 13, 2010 7:54 PM GMT
    "If you're serious about increasing your strength, follow this six week training program and you'll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive push ups! ... "


    http://hundredpushups.com/
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 13, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    tumtitums saidi agree push ups work your chests and pull ups do various muscle groups. icon_cool.gif The are very underused exercises by people who go to gyms



    So are bar dips -- they are great and very underused
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    Oct 13, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
    Good for you, hdurdinr!! It's always great to push through a plateau with great results! Will take your suggestion to account! :-)
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    Oct 13, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
    Awesome man! I found the same results true...except I change it up even more by down push-up on cables. It takes a little more core focus, but its a killer workout. Try that as well...
  • DanOmatic

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    Oct 13, 2010 8:23 PM GMT
    It's true: the simple things sometimes give the most bang for the buck, so to speak. Push-ups, pull-ups and dips are extremely effective ways of building strength and muscle, and are usually neglected in the gym.
  • rioriz

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    Oct 13, 2010 8:25 PM GMT
    love push ups!! Bar dips and pull ups are a staple of my routine daily!
  • hdurdinr

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    Oct 28, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    Thanks for all your comments! back in the Irish countryside now so I'm back to my push up / pull up routine - this time though I'm going to wear a backpack with some light weights in it whilst doing the push ups to try and make further gains...
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    Oct 28, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    I think I am going to try this. I have been fickle about going to the gym and work takes a lot of time. might let me push through.
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    Oct 28, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    Along with hitting the gym to do weights, I alternate push-ups and pull-ups every morning. . . re: push-ups, I often use the rotating "perfect push-up" device, which works really well.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 28, 2010 1:13 AM GMT
    hdurdinr saidSo, yesterday was my first day back at a gym in three months because for the last while I have been in the countryside with no gym etc.... so to keep fit I did 100 push ups everyday and also 50 pull ups (not consecutively) - so when yesterday evening I went to the bench press expecting to lift much less than I was, I found the complete opposite to be true - the weight I was struggling with before was much much easier! Hurray for push ups and pull ups!
    So I recommend doing that if you want to push through a plateau - and don't forget to post your push ups to the might push up challenge started by rockbiter icon_biggrin.gif

    I should let you speak to all of my clients.
    I tell people this all the time and they never listen.
    keep up the hard work buddy. if i were you i would try and do them with your chest and back workouts
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    Oct 28, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    I've always loved the different variations of P90X's Chest & Back/Chest & Shoulders routine since they mainly use hands for the chest portion of the workout. It works to my advantage since I can use it anytime, anywhere.

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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 28, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    That was hilarious!!! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • LifeByTheHorn

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    Oct 28, 2010 1:26 AM GMT
    Chin ups pulls up, push ups, which are done by body's natural weight resistance did maximized my results . My arms have more ape-like strength than ever!
  • hdurdinr

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    Oct 28, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    Yeah, my arms are stronger too (well they would be I suppose) - and although I'm not much bigger than I was I'm definitely stronger which I'm happy about. I should add that I took a day or two off every three weeks. This evening I'll try with a small satchel /backpack thingy for extra weight although thinking about it one of those runners weight vests might be a good investment. So together with my trx I really can work out at home and on the move with no excuses! Luckily my legs are naturally big but I haven't found any home solution to squats yet....let me know if you have any ideas for thaticon_biggrin.gif