Push-ups every day?

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    Mar 05, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    I've heard from numerous guys that I should do more push-ups if I wanted more chest definition. Many of these guys have also suggested doing push-ups 6-7 days per week. I always thought that one shouldn’t work out the same body part within 48 hours, but does this philosophy only apply to weight training? If I do decide to follow this regimen, should I only do 6 days (and take one day off to rest my chest)? Very interested to know what others think.
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    Mar 06, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    1. look in the mirror and pinch your tits. today.
    2. try what youre thingking for a month, its free.
    3. look in the mirror again after a month and pinch your tits.

    see/ feel any difference? if not, then try something else.
    if yes, then keep doing it.

    don't think so much.
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    Mar 06, 2011 4:53 AM GMT
    I do about 30 push-ups (15 shoulder width, 15 diamond) & about 60 jack-knife situps every morning; outside of my gym routine of pushing heavier weights. It seems to help, especially if I'm on-travel for work and can't get into a gym often. Give it a shot, see how it works for you.
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    Mar 06, 2011 9:49 AM GMT
    sundayswim said1. look in the mirror and pinch your tits. today.
    2. try what youre thingking for a month, its free.
    3. look in the mirror again after a month and pinch your tits.

    see/ feel any difference? if not, then try something else.
    if yes, then keep doing it.

    don't think so much.
    That's a terrible idea! It's much more fun to have someone else do the pinching.
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    Mar 07, 2011 12:02 AM GMT
    Thanks SurfjockSD & sudayswim. I'm going to try it for 3 months and see if it makes a difference. Hope it works!
  • hdurdinr

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    Mar 07, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    I do a hundred push-ups a day, almost everyday now for a year. My chest isn't that much bigger but it sure as hell is stronger!
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    Mar 07, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    When I taught Army ROTC to college Juniors, I had to get them into shape relatively quickly for their 6 weeks of continuous summer training at an Army post. One of the mandatory university courses they took with me was phy-ed. And in addition to developing overall strength & stamina, they had to pass minimum standards for Army-sytle pushups & situps, each exercise being timed to 2 minutes.

    I consulted with sports medicine specialists on campus, and here's what they advised and I did. They told me a fixed amount of daily reps was NOT a good way to train for such a specific timed requirement. And I should devise progress charts for each student, to encourage & track constant improvement.

    Step 1: Perform as many pushups as possible in 2 minutes (in your case it could be untimed, but make it continuous until you must stop). Then you mark the reps on your chart (or computer or phone app).

    Step 2: Multiply those reps by .8 to obtain your daily training reps. Do that many reps at least every other day at first, also nonstop in one set, that you can later make a nearly daily routine once your body adjusts, though I wouldn't make it a full 7-day week without any break.

    Step 3: After 2 weeks "test" yourself by doing as many pushups as you can once again. Mark your chart.

    Step 4: Multiply that new number of pushups by .8 again, which should have increased a little, to obtain your new higher daily training level.

    Step 5: Continue to repeat these previous steps at 2-week intervals. Eventually you'll hit your pushup ceiling. Maintain at that 80% training level, testing and charting yourself to make sure you don't fall back.

    The advantage to the 80% training load is that it's relatively easy to do, while still giving nearly the same benefits as a maximum 100% effort, and leaves you stamina for other exercise routines. You'll get good definition, tone and muscle growth, though if you really want to bulk then you're looking more at high resistance weight training. But the other nice thing about pushups is you can do them at home on days when you don't get to the gym.
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    Mar 07, 2011 12:57 AM GMT
    I do this as well.. However; not the amount as the rest of the guys here.

    I do them in the morning and night.. I also have the perfect pushup system that I just pulled out of the moving boxes and using them now. Before, I couldnt use those and it hurt my shoulders, now it works my shoulders and chest that much further. Feels great, and a sense of accomplishment.

    Good luck!
  • hdurdinr

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    Mar 07, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    The perfect push up is good isn't it? It lets you get creative when exercising. Good luck!