Started doing press ups - but the BACK of my are sore (not biceps)

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    Jul 03, 2011 12:04 AM GMT
    I want to get fit so across 2 days i did as many press ups as i could manage, then woke up with awful sore arms.

    The thing is, it's not the bicep that is sore (i say sore because it's not a joint pain or anything like that), but the back of my arms.

    Is this good, or bad?

    (They are OK now, but it took 2 days or really sore arms to recover)
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    Jul 03, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    Tom8521 saidThe thing is, it's not the bicep that is sore (i say sore because it's not a joint pain or anything like that), but the back of my arms.


    You mean your triceps are sore? That's a good thing; a good press-up or pushup will work them hard, along with the pectorals (chest) and deltoids (shoulders).
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    Jul 03, 2011 2:00 AM GMT
    It means your arm is going to fall off.

    Be sure to let the soreness heal completely before doing more pushups (1-2 days, 3 if you overtrained).

    It's the healing process that builds muscle, not the workout itself.
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    Jul 03, 2011 2:05 AM GMT
    Oh yeah, and one more thing...

    Tom8521 saidStarted doing press ups - but the BACK of my are sore (not biceps)
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    Jul 03, 2011 4:31 AM GMT
    What?
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    Jul 03, 2011 11:23 PM GMT
    that's because the triceps are the assisting muscles for a pushup and a military press.

    You said press up and that's either a miss typed pushup or you meant a military press... I think...
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    Jul 03, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidYou said press up and that's either a miss typed pushup or you meant a military press... I think...


    In the US, it's called a "pushup"; in the UK, it's called a "press-up".
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    Jul 04, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    jim_stl said
    lilTanker saidYou said press up and that's either a miss typed pushup or you meant a military press... I think...


    In the US, it's called a "pushup"; in the UK, it's called a "press-up".

    Oh well there ya go, learn something new every day icon_biggrin.gif

    So yeah in a pressup (pushup) your triceps are assisting!