Push ups a necessary downtime ?

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    Jun 26, 2008 7:03 AM GMT
    It is now become common knowledge that it is a necessity to give which ever muscle group a rest after "heavy" lifting. If not you could damage yourself. The difference between push ups and lifting is that there is no added resistance besides that of your own body weight. So lets say i do push ups all week, and i also do upper body lifting one day out of the entire week. Would this over time over exhaust my upper body ? Maybe i just answered my own question, maybe not. But the more i talk about it the more confused i become. Can somebody please help.
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    Jun 26, 2008 8:17 AM GMT
    Malibu saidIt is now become common knowledge that it is a necessity to give which ever muscle group a rest after "heavy" lifting. If not you could damage yourself. The difference between push ups and lifting is that there is no added resistance besides that of your own body weight. So lets say i do push ups all week, and i also do upper body lifting one day out of the entire week. Would this over time over exhaust my upper body ? Maybe i just answered my own question, maybe not. But the more i talk about it the more confused i become. Can somebody please help.


    I think you just answered your own question. Push ups are a targeted upper body building exercise. Thus if you do do them your muscles are still being torn down and rebuilt, regardless of the fact that you are not engaging in heavy lifting. You obviously understand that muscle growth occurs after your workout (i.e. the time during which muscle rebuilds itself)). So, by doing pushups you are not giving your muscles a chance to recover before engaging in another targeted exercise. In the long run, you may not achieve maximal muscular development.

    best of luck to ya

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    Jun 26, 2008 2:09 PM GMT
    All depends on what your goals are in fitness.
    Boxers use pushups to increase endurance in the shoulders as well as upperbody.

    If your going for strength in chest muscles go for bench press.

    I personally have been doing pushups only as part of p90x program and have seen improvements in my chest i haven't seen in years ,but i'm going for beach muscles i don't care how much i can bench.

    Doing pushups and chest toghether could confuse the muscles and they want adapt to either. Although i've read articles that said you should do pushup the next day to increase blood circulation to the chest to help with recovery(arghh so much conflicting info lol).

    Do a google for pavel tsatsouline(great strength coach) he has written books and articles on this subject.