Push-ups

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    Dec 20, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    Question: is it okay to do push-ups every day, even when you're doing weights every-other? Or do you really need to give the muscles a day off?

    I'm a hard-gainer, so I don't build muscle easy. Lately I've just being trying to tighten up by strength training one day, then doing cardio/calisthenics every other.

    What do you guys think?
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    Dec 20, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    Two different kinds of exercise.

    Study up on hypertrophy.
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    Dec 20, 2009 12:54 AM GMT
    You know there are people that do these kinds of conditioning exercise "nearly" every day, and are in really "good shape" .. but I think it is almost universally agreed on that weight resistance it almost the only way to add muscle mass. Also it is pretty much universally agreed that you have to let your muscles rest in order to recover and add muscle mass.

    If you are trying to condition and tighten up, I think modifying your diet and having enough but not overdoing it is essential. Of course a lot of people hear and else where swear by HIIT (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intensity_interval_training)
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    Dec 20, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidTwo different kinds of exercise.

    Study up on hypertrophy.


    Thanks chucky. I'm not sure I understand though. I know what hypertrophy is (I'm a biologist after all), but not what you mean in this context. Can you give me a little more direction?

    Cheers mate!
  • westdave

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    Dec 20, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    How many sets and reps do you perform for the pushups?

    what sort of pushups do you do?....wide width, narrow width, on the black side of a BOSU, on a swiss ball? etc....this will also determine how many times you should do pushups a week.

    what do you do the pushups in conjunction with?

    Pushups are one of the best upper body exercises you can do as so many muscle groups and joint action are worked.

    overall, do not do pushups every day, as you should give your joints a rest.

    try kettlebells if you want a REAL switch to upper body strength!

    Merry Xmas!

    Dave
    NASM/ACE CPT

  • fitone

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    Dec 20, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    work different muscle groups. you can work muscles more than every other day. when i started focusing more on weight training and less on cardio i dropped lbs and lost fat! my schedule:

    monday-chest
    tuesday-back and shoulders
    wednesday-butt and legs
    thursday-triceps
    friday-biceps

    abs- mon, wed, fri
    back/core-tues, thurs

    stretching mon-fri

    swim sat & sun

    different programs work for different people, but this works for me!

    good luck

    btw- i only do pushups on thurs
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    Dec 20, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    Hey all:

    Thanks for the great advice. I think I'm overdoing it a little. I'll put some of this into action.

    Generally, I do a circuit for strength training every other day, with a little bit of cardio, and then hard-core cardio every other day with push-ups and sit-ups. I've been doing that over the past two weeks...my cardio sessions normally last about an hour or more (I'm trying to get rid of the pad on my belly that I got over the Fall from slacking).

    The push-ups I do I don't keep count of. I just do them until I can't do them anymore. I do normal push-ups, then declined and inclined.

    Struggling with my diet a little though. I'm hypoglaucimic, so I'm constantly hungry and always craving all the bad stuff. I've been transitioning from Reeses to pears and apples. LOL

    Thanks again for the great advice. I'm gonna start doing before an after pictures too I think, at some point in the near future, just so I can track my progress.
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    Dec 20, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    Your body will do what ever you tell it to do, as if it had any other choice.

    How many times a day do you tell yourself that you are a hard gainer? How many times do you say that you can gain all the muscle mass you want?

    Thought always proceeds action.

    Do you need giant muscles that require constant stimulation and food to stay that way or can you live with lean and defined?

    Don't overtrain. Mixing things up keeps the body from building up immunity to your efforts to build mass.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 20, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    I do pushups whenever I am in the mood. I usually do 35-70 diamonds per workout 'session' and I do them about every other day... Works to keep my chest where I want it. But, I would like to step up my chest workout.


    Joe
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    Dec 20, 2009 4:48 AM GMT
    jimbobthedevil said
    chuckystud saidTwo different kinds of exercise.

    Study up on hypertrophy.


    Thanks chucky. I'm not sure I understand though. I know what hypertrophy is (I'm a biologist after all), but not what you mean in this context. Can you give me a little more direction?

    Cheers mate!


    Pushups at high reps is completely different on your adaptation than low rep, high intensity, resistance training. They're two different things.

    One of things I've found that HELPS my training and recovery, over the years, is, let's say, I blast legs, and end up kinda' sore (I rarely get real sore anymore). If I do high rep work the first and second day after (commonly known as "flushing") my recovery is enhanced / there's much less soreness.

    The main things for gains, that can't be understated is.....wait for it....calories.