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Pushup results?

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by Crazy_Carl, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Crazy_Carl

    Crazy_Carl Yellow Belt

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    What results could I possibly get for my chest by simply doing pushups? I don't have any heavy weights, but have been doing 100+ pushups every night. It's been a little over a week and I already feel my chest becoming a little bit fuller.

    Since the reps are so high, will it only show definition, or will I actually get strength out of it? I know it's more of a muscular endurance exercise, but I was also wondering if my chest would eventually get bigger by just doing pushups.[/noob question]
     
  2. pork

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    put ya feet up on a high point like a chair for more weight.
     
  3. SmashiusClay

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    You'll get much better muscular endurance by doing hundreds of pushups but it won't do much for strength unless you add extra resistance. Iused to use a weighted backpack but have also found that those cheap rubber tubing exercise things work quite nicely if you loop two or three of them over your back and into your hands, plus they're cheap and easily portable if you're going on a trip and won't have access to any weight training equipment.
     
  4. krellik

    krellik Gimli son of Cisco

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    As Smashius say, add a weighted backpack, or do one handed, or with one hand and one foot, do them standing on your hands, plyometric (jumping with handclap), do divebombers.

    Also if you only do bodyweight you should put equal emphasis on chins and pistols.
     
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    SmashiusClay Avatar of Cyttorak

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    Talking of one-handed press-ups a while back I saw someone reccomending doing them from your knees as a progression from normal pressups, don't know why but this never occured to me before I saw that, works really nicely. Just thought I'd bring that up, see what everyone else thinks of it as an idea.
     
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    krellik Gimli son of Cisco

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    Thats a great idea:) Another is to use one of them useless smithmachines to gradually lower yourself to the ground.
     
  7. I really think pushups have a greater effect on the tri's then the chest.
     
  8. bacon

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    I got rid of my bench about six months ago. I do mass quantities of pushups and weighted dips (backpack with 25lbs in it). There are a million variations to the pushup. If you're doing 100 a night, mix it up and do 20 diamond, 20 wide, 20 normal, 20 with elevated feet, and 20 dive bombers. You'll hit every angle. I know most people will scream blasphemy, but I never put much stock into the bench press. (I still do overheads) That's just me though. When you get tired of straight pushups, you can put two 45lb plates on an oly bar and do them with your hands on the bar. It will work your lower core muscles. When that gets old, do plyo pushups. Diamond, clap, normal, clap, wide, clap, diamond, clap.....repeat, repeat, repeat. Have fun with it.
     
  9. Ian Coe

    Ian Coe Silver Belt Professional Fighter

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    1 handed clapping press ups (clap your chest before anyone starts)
     
  10. SmashiusClay

    SmashiusClay Avatar of Cyttorak

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    For a second I did think you were going all zen buddhist on us there, still I had some wrist problems from clap pressups, ended up having to do all pressups on my knuckles as my left wrist is fucked (yeah, yeah stop laughing) still no reasoin you can't do them as plyometrics without the clap.
     
  11. Ongy

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    Britain's most dangerous prisoner Charles Bronson claims in his book"Solitary Fitness" that he does between 3-6000 pressups every day as well as loads of squats with no weights. He says that because he is imprisoned in isolation that he never gets the opportunity to use weights although the one time that he did go to the gym he benched 140kg for 10 reps pretty easily and he claims to have benched over 500lbs. I think that 3-6000 pressups are excessive for people who actually have lives, although that I'm sure doing 100+ pressups per night will improve your strength and physique.
     
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    krellik Gimli son of Cisco

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    Its not that its a bad thing to be able to do 100 pushups, it is that now that he has reached this level of muscular endurance it will be good for him to switch over towards more chalenging variations instead of just simply adding reps.
     
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    Charles Bronson?? Our vigalante hero, he who clean the streets of scum?
     
  14. Ongy

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    Nah same name though. The English Charles Bronson is just some psycho who has been locked up for the last 20 years. He got into fights with loads of prison guards and i think this has lengthened his sentence. The other Charles Bronson (of Vigilante and Death Wish fame) is dead anyway.
     
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    Crap, thats unreal, I just checked the web and this nut has a full scale industry: http://www.bronsonmania.com/index2.html
     
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    Umm, gosh, thanx for pointing that out. I surely didnt figure that out on my own.
     
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    No problem. Glad I could help. Although to be fair you probably don't actually know anything about the other Charles Bronson so I'm sure my information was of some use.
     
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    Yeah I read his book and he recommended that when you first start doing press ups you should do 1 and then walk to the other side of the room and do 2 and walk back and do 3...all the way up to 10 and then back down again. It totals 110 pressups in all. I did it turns with a mate of mine and it wasn't as easy as I thought it was gonna be especially on the way back down. But anyhow Bronson said that when he does them he walks to one end of his cell and does 100 then back to the other end and does 101, 102, 102...etc. which is pretty crazy! I think that he is well into his 50s now and he still holds loads of press up and squat records.
     
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    How do you post pics and stuff in your reply?? I tried to post a cool pic of Charles Bronson earlier but didnt succed.

    I
     

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