So, I’m without access to a gym for the next 3 weeks. As I posted a few days ago, my six months of bulking has resulted in a good bit of excess fat, (despite very clean eating, I might add) particularly on the pecs.
Now, I’ve read a number of times that new recruits who join the Marines often come back with really strong pecs and shoulders. I can’t remember who - either Mike Mejia or Waterbury- wrote that one of the reasons they get so built was “having to go down and do 20 pushups multiple times per day.”
So, what the hell, I’m experiencing a bit of extra flab now and I’m without access to a gym or any sort of weights for about 3 weeks, so I figured I might try something new.
My new routine is as follows:
Upon waking, I do four sets of pushups, stopping one or two reps before failure. I first do 1 set with a wide grip (hands far apart), wait about 2 minutes, do a second set with a narrower, triangle-shaped grip, wait about 2 minutes, do another set of wide grip, rest a few minutes, and then a final set of triangle-grip pushups.
1:00 p.m.: I do another 3-4 sets, alternating between triangle-shaped and wide grip pushups.
11:00 p.m.: Repeat for the final time.
NOTE: Each round of pushups is slightly different in terms of speed. Sometimes, I do all four sets at a fast tempo, sometimes at a very slow tempo…I switch back and forth.
The KEY POINT here is that I am doing 3-4 sets of pushups 4-6 times each day. The exact times that I wrote above are not important (that’s just an example), though I usually go a few hours between each round.
I’m curious if anyone has any advice or critique of this routine. Anything I should add or take out? Clearly, this is a no rest routine. The rest occurs when I’m sleeping and that’s it. There’s no off-days. I know, I know, conventional advice says that you need those rest days to make the gains, but what the hell, traditional body-building advice hasn’t worked so well for me thus far.
In all honesty, I am not really sure what this will do but it seems like a good experiment and I will give it a go.