Originally Posted by Bosnic
I'm a lot stronger and can do a lot more pushups now that I can bench press 225 than when I could bench press 145. If you can think of some weighted backpack design to load up the pushup (increase the intensity), and become stronger, you'll find that you can do more pushups because each pushup represents a much smaller percentage of your capacity. Are you almost out of straw?
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^^Those. You HAVE to allow your muscles rest in order to grow. If you are truly testing your limits, you are actually tearing your muscles, and this is good. When they are allowed to repair themselves, they grow. If you keep tearing away at them, they will actually weaken over time.
Challenge yourself; do as many strict pushups as you can, rest for a few minutes, do it again. Lather, rinse, repeat. Do this 2 or 3 times a week, at least two days apart. This is basic muscle science.
Originally Posted by Bosnic
Thanks for all the replies. I understand that there are other lifts/exercises that build upper body strength and that many of those things are better than just doing pushups. I'm not saying that I'm only doing pushups. It's just that i wanted something that I could do randomly throughout the day to help accelerate my strength gains (if such a thing is possible), and pushups are the only things I can think of. (Can't really bench press at work, for example, but can sneak in a few incline pushups against the desk or counter.) My original concern was whether doing pushups randomly everyday will actually impede progress because I'm not allowing the muscles to rest. Now I see that people disagree on this and that just doing a couple pushups randomly probably won't be detrimental.
Edit: I do bench press at CF. It's actually one of my favorite upper body lifts. My 1RM is currently 70 lbs--pretty pathetic, but it'll probably improve. (That's the nice thing about starting at the bottom--you have nowhere to go but up--unless you get injured, haha!)
Last edited by diene; 04-29-2013 at 08:41 AM.
People may disagree, competitive lifters, trainers, fitness gurus, and models would agree it is detrimental.
Pushups aren't the only thing you can do this way - I do tricep dips on the edge of my desk, as well as calf raises, squats and pushups at random times throughout the day. I also tighten my abs and butt for 20-30 seconds at a time, 10-20 times in a row whenever I happen to think about it - great way to get some use out of time spent in boring meetings.
I'm not expecting to gain enormous strength or get huge muscles this way, but I've definitely gotten stronger and more toned doing this, along with a lot of walking and time on the elliptical. I can do significantly more pushups and dips at this point than I could just a month or two ago, and I can hold a plank for more than a minute, when 30 seconds used to be a struggle.
Heh, excellent idea.
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