Pushups Everyday?

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    Aug 24, 2007 2:37 AM GMT
    I've been thinking about increasing the frequency of my chest workouts by adding doing 100 pushups everyday to my regular workout schedule. Would doing 100 pushups everyday be overworking my pectoral muscles?
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:58 AM GMT
    Consistency is good, but in order to promote muscle growth you need to give them rest.
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    Aug 24, 2007 9:07 AM GMT
    every other day assuming you don't already go to the gym.
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    Aug 24, 2007 10:02 AM GMT
    another thing that you could try are chest/tricep dips. They help with the definition at the bottom and sides of the chest. I have been doing them almost everyday.

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    Aug 24, 2007 5:33 PM GMT
    I used to do dips every day, too, and it was terrific ... but I eventually started feeling serious pain in my elbows. But I'm fragile that way. :)
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    Aug 24, 2007 6:16 PM GMT
    As SDTrainer said: rest is the key to muscle growth. We don't actually build muscle during the exercise itself. That tears the muscle fibres. It is during the rest period afterward that muscles are repaired and built, and that is when your muscle size increases.
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    Aug 30, 2007 5:42 PM GMT
    I agree, rest and recovery is IMPORTANT!

    From personal experience. I used to do 4 hour workouts everyday because I was addicted to going to the gym. I was not getting enough recovery time. I ate like a horse, but actually started losing mass and weight instead of gaining because of catabolism. I was toned as fuck and my muscles looked like wire cables, my veins were popping out all over the place, but I kept losing mass and weight. I looked like the Cambodian entry in a BB contest. Like a dummy, I thought it meant I had to work harder. It wasn't until one of the trainers in the gym started noticing me there everyday for those long hours and told me that it wasn't very healthy and explained it to me. I went from 160 to 130# It scared the crap out of me. Now I only work out 3 times a week and never more than 60 minutes and I'm back up to 150#. Not as wiry or defined as I was, but I certainly look and feel healhtier.

    If you're worried about plateauing, the cure for that is changing up your exercises and routines, not overtraining.
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    Aug 31, 2007 12:07 AM GMT
    Yeah, but..

    Surely all this is relative. 100 pushups a day? That might be a big goal for someone who's just starting. For someone who works out regularly, that's just a light warm up.
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    Aug 31, 2007 3:37 AM GMT
    mindgarden

    hehe Of course it's all relative. That's what I warm up with too (I'm Army Infantry, they make us do 100+ push ups at 6 a.m. to start the day every morning and then we go work out LOL!). The others in the thread were just reminding him that rest and recovery is just as important as the training itself and I just wanted to share my own experience with overtraining to go along with that.

    You'd be surprised how many people out there still believe "more" is the only answer for everything.

    Maybe switching up his routine or changing exercises might be something he hadn't thought of yet.