Are push-ups and pull-ups an adequate substitute for weights + machines?

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    Mar 28, 2011 12:46 AM GMT
    I ask because I was out of town for a week so I didn't go to my local gym. Instead, I brought the perfect pushup device and did 300-400 every day before and after work.

    Then, back in town, my gym was shut down for repairs, so I did the same with the perfect push-up, about 400 per day, along with about 100-150 pull-ups every day. (I have a free standing pullup bar at home.)

    Thing is, I'm noticing better results and a better pump over these past two weeks than with my usual routine at the gym.

    Anything to this? Can push-ups and pull-ups serve as an adequate upper body workout?

    P.S. I also run too, and continued that over the two weeks.
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    Mar 28, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    With the exception of dumbbells for curls and kickbacks, I haven't used weights in almost six months.
    I've also gained muscles mass.
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    Mar 28, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    I've just resumed push ups after living with "trigger finger" (right thumb) and the consequent hand surgery. I get upper body pump from them in addition to the stuff I do at the gym. Plus, I can do push ups anywhere.
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    Mar 28, 2011 5:23 AM GMT
    No idea if it's adequate and not sure if this video is indicative but I suspect that so long as you vary how the pushups are done at various angles it provides at a very minimum a balanced workout.

    This seems applicable:

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    Mar 28, 2011 5:27 AM GMT
    Southwick is such a hottie but he didn't get his body from JUST pushups.
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    Mar 28, 2011 5:33 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidNo idea if it's adequate and not sure if this video is indicative but I suspect that so long as you vary how the pushups are done at various angles it provides at a very minimum a balanced workout.

    This seems applicable:



    Not sure it's applicable and likely misleading.

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    Mar 28, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    offshore saidSouthwick is such a hottie but he didn't get his body from JUST pushups.


    Lol, definitely not. For others, if you've never seen the guy before, his strength is pretty impressive and he has a ton of vids which are ahem, er worth watching:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/thisfooltyler1

    Though... I do think it's possible to get a pretty decent workout with just pushups...
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    Mar 28, 2011 9:46 AM GMT
    I think bodyweight based exercises like pullups and pushups cant a minimum, help you keep yourself in shape if you can't get to a gym. You might even notice better results from them initially if you haven't done them in a long time due to working the body in a way it isnt used to.
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    Mar 28, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    For pure mass building, bodyweight exercises alone won't do the trick. Though some guys say they can break through training plateaus by supplementing with bodyweight stuff. But that's not to say you can't achieve some degree of hypertrophy or get an amazing physique doing mostly bodyweight stuff. Male gymnasts are jacked and get there doing mostly bodyweight stuff.

    Gymnast Yuri van Gelder
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