Daily Push-ups?

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    Jan 25, 2013 11:41 AM GMT
    I have a goal of doing 100 consecutive push-ups, and while I haven't been as diligent as I once was in achieving this goal, I'd like to get back into working on it. I've recently begun doing daily push-ups in the morning, doing sets to failure until I hit at least 100 (50-35-25, 50-35-35, 55-45). My questions are, "is that going to work my chest too much, to the point where I won't see any gains?" and "would you suggest doing them at the end of the day rather than in the morning, so that it doesn't interfere with my regular workout later in the day?" Let me know what you guys think, or if you have any other suggestions.
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    Jan 25, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    I think only you'll know the answer to that. Some guys I knew in the army used to crank out 100 right after they got up. Other people like to do them with their back routine. I guess if you are doing them consistently and find you're way too sore later in the day, you might want to throttle down in the morning and bring it when you're at the gym. There's no set way to work out, just listen to your body.

    My client used to use the hundredpushups.com routine to get to and break the 100 pushup mark. But again, it's just one way to get there.
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    Jan 25, 2013 5:45 PM GMT
    Most strength training theory to my knowledge emphasized rest as well as exercise. Would you not be better off to do pushups every other day, or only twice or three times per week? Then use the off days to work other parts of your body. My guess is that your chest will grow faster, you will be able to do sets of 150 or more, instead of limitting it to 100. Or you can mix it up so that you do, for example, flat pushups on Monday, Inclines on Thursday, close grip on saturday. On tuesday do abs. Wednesday do back. And so forth.
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    Jan 25, 2013 6:31 PM GMT
    My friend does countless pushups, pull ups, bicep curls, and BA work daily. He's much stronger than he looks and is very ripped!

    I find that my body responds better to weight lifting.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 25, 2013 6:37 PM GMT
    I've been doing 200 pushups every other day and posting to the Mighty Pushups Challenge thread. I usually do them in sets of forty or so. Doing 100 consecutive pushups feels great though. With proper form they work your whole body.
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    Jan 25, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    ohiomedjock saidI have a goal of doing 100 consecutive push-ups, and while I haven't been as diligent as I once was in achieving this goal, I'd like to get back into working on it. I've recently begun doing daily push-ups in the morning, doing sets to failure until I hit at least 100 (50-35-25, 50-35-35, 55-45). My questions are, "is that going to work my chest too much, to the point where I won't see any gains?" and "would you suggest doing them at the end of the day rather than in the morning, so that it doesn't interfere with my regular workout later in the day?" Let me know what you guys think, or if you have any other suggestions.


    Over time, you will over develop the anterior side. This often leads to issues with shoulder impingement due to over development on the anterior side.

    It's best to train your entire body.

    Unbalanced bodies, like in swimmer's or cyclists, or guys who just do chest, come with their own set of issues related to those imbalances.
  • Medjai

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    Jan 25, 2013 7:52 PM GMT
    chuckystud said
    ohiomedjock saidI have a goal of doing 100 consecutive push-ups, and while I haven't been as diligent as I once was in achieving this goal, I'd like to get back into working on it. I've recently begun doing daily push-ups in the morning, doing sets to failure until I hit at least 100 (50-35-25, 50-35-35, 55-45). My questions are, "is that going to work my chest too much, to the point where I won't see any gains?" and "would you suggest doing them at the end of the day rather than in the morning, so that it doesn't interfere with my regular workout later in the day?" Let me know what you guys think, or if you have any other suggestions.


    Over time, you will over develop the anterior side. This often leads to issues with shoulder impingement due to over development on the anterior side.

    It's best to train your entire body.

    Unbalanced bodies, like in swimmer's or cyclists, or guys who just do chest, come with their own set of issues related to those imbalances.

    For example:

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    I just finished a bunch of physio due to a misaligned scapula from overtraining specific muscles. I has disproportionately developed rhomboids, which caused a bunch of misalignments in the scapula, leading to a very weak serratus group, and a damaged rotator cuff.

    Equal work, proper from. Unless you do rows to match the push-ups, I'll agree. It's overtraining a specific group.
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:41 PM GMT
    I'm just adding on the pushups in the morning. I do a muscle groups during my regular work out after school/work (shoulders & back day/chest day/arms day/legs day). Being a medical student, I understand the risk of overworking one muscle group, and try to balance out my physical activity. I don't feel too tired later in the day (unless I'm just naturally fatigued from daily things). I was also debating adding in some daily pull-ups for whatever that's worth.
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    Medjai said
    chuckystud said
    ohiomedjock saidI have a goal of doing 100 consecutive push-ups, and while I haven't been as diligent as I once was in achieving this goal, I'd like to get back into working on it. I've recently begun doing daily push-ups in the morning, doing sets to failure until I hit at least 100 (50-35-25, 50-35-35, 55-45). My questions are, "is that going to work my chest too much, to the point where I won't see any gains?" and "would you suggest doing them at the end of the day rather than in the morning, so that it doesn't interfere with my regular workout later in the day?" Let me know what you guys think, or if you have any other suggestions.


    Over time, you will over develop the anterior side. This often leads to issues with shoulder impingement due to over development on the anterior side.

    It's best to train your entire body.

    Unbalanced bodies, like in swimmer's or cyclists, or guys who just do chest, come with their own set of issues related to those imbalances.

    For example:

    friends_dont_let_friends_skip_leg_day-11

    I just finished a bunch of physio due to a misaligned scapula from overtraining specific muscles. I has disproportionately developed rhomboids, which caused a bunch of misalignments in the scapula, leading to a very weak serratus group, and a damaged rotator cuff.

    Equal work, proper from. Unless you do rows to match the push-ups, I'll agree. It's overtraining a specific group.


    Lots of folks run into these rotator cuff issues. Watch the guys rubbing their shoulders at the gym.
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    Jan 25, 2013 9:09 PM GMT
    There's an app for that... icon_smile.gif

    It's called '100 Pushups'.

    Basically, when you start you do as many consecutive, good form pushups as you can. Enter the number. Then the app builds a 6 week training program (I think 3x a week or every other day) where it puts together sets of 5 with varying amounts of pushups. Anyway, the app then tracks your pushup tally and supposedly by the end you should be able to do 100 consecutive. I wouldn't use it for your entire workout, but it certainly is an easy workout to bundle on top of what you're doing otherwise.

    There are also apps for '200 Crunches' and '100 Squats'. They are good for if you're traveling or don't necessarily belong to a gym.
  • invisigay10

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    Jan 25, 2013 9:51 PM GMT
    Is it really true that push-ups can lead to unbalanced muscle development?
    I have the feeling that they strengthen my back as well.

    And can't you train your shoulders some by spacing your arms further apart?

    Right now I don't have money for a gym and I can't put up a pull-up bar either, so not Sure how I should train shoulders and back.
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    Jan 25, 2013 9:58 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidI've been doing 200 pushups every other day and posting to the Mighty Pushups Challenge thread. I usually do them in sets of forty or so. Doing 100 consecutive pushups feels great though. With proper form they work your whole body.


    This.

    From my own experience, doing pushups 4x (variation on how many depending on how sore I am) a week has been most beneficial.
  • Sportsfan1

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    Jan 26, 2013 12:32 AM GMT
    You have been given some great advice. I can crank out 100 pushups with no problem. I do them 3 to 4 times a week at the end of my workout. I would not recommend doing them every day since I believe you need to rest to see the best results.
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    Jan 26, 2013 12:36 AM GMT
    You can do 100 consecutive pushups? Hmmmm.

    It's taken me since October to build up to 20 consecutive, and the goal is to get 36 (the number my trainer gave me) consecutive. I'm 16 away from the goal and it will probably take me at least 2 more months to get there. My trainer said that once I get 36, my chest development will be complete and the only gains in chest will come from the weight room.

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    Jan 26, 2013 5:00 AM GMT
    invisigay10 saidIs it really true that push-ups can lead to unbalanced muscle development?
    I have the feeling that they strengthen my back as well.

    And can't you train your shoulders some by spacing your arms further apart?

    Right now I don't have money for a gym and I can't put up a pull-up bar either, so not Sure how I should train shoulders and back.


    I have been known to just do pullups after jumping up to the edge of the roof. Takes strong hands, cause you're basically pulling yourself up by your fingers.

    But balance is oh-so important. Treat your rotator well now, to avoid problems when you get older.
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    Jan 26, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    darius30 saidYou can do 100 consecutive pushups? Hmmmm.

    It's taken me since October to build up to 20 consecutive, and the goal is to get 36 (the number my trainer gave me) consecutive. I'm 16 away from the goal and it will probably take me at least 2 more months to get there. My trainer said that once I get 36, my chest development will be complete and the only gains in chest will come from the weight room.



    20?

    I feel like doing 50 is minimal... I don't see how doing 20 pushups can even do anything.
  • Medjai

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    Jan 26, 2013 6:08 PM GMT
    running11 said
    darius30 saidYou can do 100 consecutive pushups? Hmmmm.

    It's taken me since October to build up to 20 consecutive, and the goal is to get 36 (the number my trainer gave me) consecutive. I'm 16 away from the goal and it will probably take me at least 2 more months to get there. My trainer said that once I get 36, my chest development will be complete and the only gains in chest will come from the weight room.



    20?

    I feel like doing 50 is minimal... I don't see how doing 20 pushups can even do anything.


    Doing your max will always provide gains. If his max is 10 and yours is 50, you'll both gain from doing that number.
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    Jan 26, 2013 6:18 PM GMT
    Personally I enjoy doing 3 sets of Max pushups, and then afterwards doing a pyramid routine (sets of 1 to 10 back to 1). You want to avoid taking breaks inbetween the sets on the Pyramid but try to avoid having to drop your knees, etc. It's okay to take small breaks, but time yourself so you know if you're making progress, etc. You'll have a really huge pump aftewards. Good way to start off a chest routine (or end if you're stronger).
  • invisigay10

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    Jan 27, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    Another question: do you all do pushups with your hands flat on the ground?

    I found that really hurts my wrists (not during, but some time after). So I'm doing them on my fists now, with a towel underneath. No pain that way
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    Jan 27, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
    invisigay10 saidAnother question: do you all do pushups with your hands flat on the ground?

    I found that really hurts my wrists (not during, but some time after). So I'm doing them on my fists now, with a towel underneath. No pain that way


    I started by using the pushup bars, but now I do them using both ways (as you mention above).

    I definitely did see gains in my chest by doing them 3x a week, in addition to using free weights once/wk.

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    Jan 27, 2013 11:24 PM GMT
    invisigay10 saidAnother question: do you all do pushups with your hands flat on the ground?

    I found that really hurts my wrists (not during, but some time after). So I'm doing them on my fists now, with a towel underneath. No pain that way


    I do flat. Its more difficult and distracting for me to do them on my fists. I find my knuckles start to give in before my chest is tired.
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    Jan 28, 2013 5:22 AM GMT
    I would do my daily pushups, but I usually work too late and get home after the ice cream truck runs the neighborhood. icon_sad.gif

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  • HottJoe

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    Jan 28, 2013 2:42 PM GMT
    S34n05 said
    invisigay10 saidAnother question: do you all do pushups with your hands flat on the ground?

    I found that really hurts my wrists (not during, but some time after). So I'm doing them on my fists now, with a towel underneath. No pain that way


    I do flat. Its more difficult and distracting for me to do them on my fists. I find my knuckles start to give in before my chest is tired.


    Do them on your fingers.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 28, 2013 3:03 PM GMT
    running11 said
    darius30 saidYou can do 100 consecutive pushups? Hmmmm.

    It's taken me since October to build up to 20 consecutive, and the goal is to get 36 (the number my trainer gave me) consecutive. I'm 16 away from the goal and it will probably take me at least 2 more months to get there. My trainer said that once I get 36, my chest development will be complete and the only gains in chest will come from the weight room.



    20?

    I feel like doing 50 is minimal... I don't see how doing 20 pushups can even do anything.


    I agree with running!!! I'd forgo other exercises until you build up more stamina. Any man who can't knock off 50 consecutive pushups might get injured while weightlifting, because they don't have enough core strength....

    I do two hundred pushups every other day, and regardless of what I eat I stay shredded. It's the secret to abs, (I never do crunches and I eat whatever I want).

    If ten is your max, then do ten sets of ten over a couple hours--and not at the gym, just do them at home, because it really doesn't take very long, lol. You should feel them in your legs, your core, your chest, back and arms, if you're using proper form.

    I know it sounds basic, but that's the point. You need a basic foundation and that means being able to lift your own weight.
  • Medjai

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    Jan 28, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    invisigay10 saidAnother question: do you all do pushups with your hands flat on the ground?

    I found that really hurts my wrists (not during, but some time after). So I'm doing them on my fists now, with a towel underneath. No pain that way


    I do them on dumbbells. I have tweaky wrists, so twisting them that much is a bad idea for me.