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    So I'm now doing 36 regular pushups and have been at that number for several times. I'm thinking perhaps the way to build more strength might be to either raise my feet or put on a weight vest to increase the tension per pushup. Anyone have any experience with this? Any dangers?
    10/2/12: 169 lbs, 37"waist
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    I once did 10 sets of 10 push up which totals to 100 pushups..super sore the next day!

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    • #3
      Have you tried diamond pushups (thumbs and fingers toughing in diamond pattern) or progressing into one arm pushups? This is how convict conditioning builds up strenght and difficulty

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      • #4
        So you can do 1 set of 36 pushups? Why not do that, then rest a minute, try for another 20. Rest another minute try again. Add sets to add volume. You should be able to bring the rest down or gradually increase the volume each set, which should translate into more endurance.

        Or are you already doing this?

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        • #5
          Look at Al Kavadlo's "we're working out" push-up progression video. You could start the 1-arm push-up progression which would definitely build strength! Generally you need to vary the volume or intensity to break a plateau. The weight vest would add intensity, so try it!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jmsmall View Post
            So I'm now doing 36 regular pushups and have been at that number for several times. I'm thinking perhaps the way to build more strength might be to either raise my feet or put on a weight vest to increase the tension per pushup. Anyone have any experience with this? Any dangers?
            I mix up different types of pushups. Among the ones I do are those with my feet raised at different levels: 20 on a chair and 20 on the counter. Also look up diamond pushups.

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            • #7
              Do them everyday. Also start working on handstand pushups.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tom B-D View Post
                Look at Al Kavadlo's "we're working out" push-up progression video. You could start the 1-arm push-up progression which would definitely build strength! Generally you need to vary the volume or intensity to break a plateau. The weight vest would add intensity, so try it!
                Thanks for the mention, Tom!

                I actually did a guest post here on MDA recently about push-ups (and push-up variations):

                Push-ups: The Perfect Primal Exercise | Mark's Daily Apple
                "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

                "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

                My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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                • #9
                  "Grease the groove". Do 5 pushups here, 10 there throughout the day.
                  "Don't waste your time, or time will waste you."

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