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Opinions On Push-Ups?

Are they healthy?
I can do “diamond” pushups, where you put your hands together… normal pushups… and wide pushups.

The thing is, I cant find anything valuable in them except that when I do them my stomach feels tighter.

So what are your opinions on push-ups?

I used to do them everyday with some specifics about it. They are good for shoulder joint strength and testing a new max, for me, can be fun sometimes.

Nothing wrong with doing them.

Last summer I did a Navy SEAL BUD/S pushup plan where you did 200 pushups a day, 10 days straight… Im going to try it again once school ends in about 5 days.

[quote]All4MyGirl wrote:
Last summer I did a Navy SEAL BUD/S pushup plan where you did 200 pushups a day, 10 days straight… Im going to try it again once school ends in about 5 days.

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Just curious, was that 200 at once or spread out? What kind of results did you get?

Its a really simple plan, you can do 200 any way you want, even doing 8 pushups 25 times a day to get through it.

I’ll post the link, it was on Military.com so if you go there and search for a man named Stew Smith (I believe thats his name) you will see detailed articles on how he prepares people for training in all areas of the military.

pushups are awesome. they are the bread and butter of training. they can be done anywhere and anytime with hundreds of variation.

I might give this a go in the next few weeks!!

Buy a PowerPushup2 from Life-line. You can add up to 240 lbs of resistance to the pushup. Or go to Elitfits and buy some band. You can use the bands also to do more reps in the pullup.

If you like, Stew Smith can most certainly break your balls. Push ups can be very healthful, yes. They can also fuck up a mass-building program. Please be more specific about your goals.

[quote]Mr. Clean & Jerk wrote:
Push ups can be very healthful, yes. They can also fuck up a mass-building program. Please be more specific about your goals.[/quote]

Yeah, that’s what I was going to say. The thing with pushups is that they are great from a conditioning standpoint, but not so much from a strength one. Progressing by adding weight to movements like flat bench presses and overhead presses can give you better strength gains in the same general areas.

[quote]Flow wrote:
Mr. Clean & Jerk wrote:
Push ups can be very healthful, yes. They can also fuck up a mass-building program. Please be more specific about your goals.

Yeah, that’s what I was going to say. The thing with pushups is that they are great from a conditioning standpoint, but not so much from a strength one. Progressing by adding weight to movements like flat bench presses and overhead presses can give you better strength gains in the same general areas.
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hmmmm…i begin to speculate what kind of gains one could make by using weighted pushups(weight on your back) as your prime chest exercise…gonna store this at the back of my mind’s archive’s for later speculation.

[quote]All4MyGirl wrote:
Are they healthy?[/quote]
I’m not sure…what are it’s cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and bodyfat? :slight_smile:

[quote]I can do “diamond” pushups, where you put your hands together… normal pushups… and wide pushups.

The thing is, I cant find anything valuable in them except that when I do them my stomach feels tighter.[/quote]
That just means you’re bracing your core properly, no problem. But if your abs or obliques are getting sore afterwards, that would tell me that your abs are actually a weak link and should be addressed specifically.

Two thumbs up, no doubt. The basic push-up is, if you’re moderate to advanced, a great warm-up movement. And the push-up in general lends itself to so many variations, it’s ridiculous.

If basic, wide, and diamond push-ups are all relatively easy for you (you can crank out 15+ reps with no big deal, my favorite variation is the T-push-up (a.k.a. rotating push-up).

I think T-push-ups trump even 1-arm’ers when it comes to their level of ass-kickingness. To do them, perform one basic push-up, then pause at the top and rotate your body so the right side of your body pivots on your left arm, at the shoulder.

You should end up looking like the letter “T” on its side; your right arm straight in the air, pointed at the ceiling; your left foot rotated onto the outside edge; and your left arm is straight, supporting your weight.

Slowly “un-rotate” yourself, and return to the starting position (onto both arms, held straight), descend for another full push-up, then rotate to the other side (pivoting on your right arm, sending your left side into the air). Return back to the ground, both arms straight. That’s one gigantic rep. I’d shoot for 4x8 (each arm). Or if you’re in an extremely masochistic mood, 2x20.

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:
All4MyGirl wrote:
Are they healthy?
I’m not sure…what are it’s cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and bodyfat? :slight_smile:

I can do “diamond” pushups, where you put your hands together… normal pushups… and wide pushups.

The thing is, I cant find anything valuable in them except that when I do them my stomach feels tighter.
That just means you’re bracing your core properly, no problem. But if your abs or obliques are getting sore afterwards, that would tell me that your abs are actually a weak link and should be addressed specifically.

So what are your opinions on push-ups?
Two thumbs up, no doubt. The basic push-up is, if you’re moderate to advanced, a great warm-up movement. And the push-up in general lends itself to so many variations, it’s ridiculous.

If basic, wide, and diamond push-ups are all relatively easy for you (you can crank out 15+ reps with no big deal, my favorite variation is the T-push-up (a.k.a. rotating push-up).

I think T-push-ups trump even 1-arm’ers when it comes to their level of ass-kickingness. To do them, perform one basic push-up, then pause at the top and rotate your body so the right side of your body pivots on your left arm, at the shoulder.

You should end up looking like the letter “T” on its side; your right arm straight in the air, pointed at the ceiling; your left foot rotated onto the outside edge; and your left arm is straight, supporting your weight.

Slowly “un-rotate” yourself, and return to the starting position (onto both arms, held straight), descend for another full push-up, then rotate to the other side (pivoting on your right arm, sending your left side into the air). Return back to the ground, both arms straight. That’s one gigantic rep. I’d shoot for 4x8 (each arm). Or if you’re in an extremely masochistic mood, 2x20.[/quote]

the t pushups kicking the ass of the one armers?i will have to check that out. one arm pushup is the b est thing since beef jerky so its hard to imagine any other pushup variation kicking its ass apart from the handstand pushup. your explanation is hard to understand though so im gonna have to google it. thanks

Dear Lord - you are tiny. (Had to “view image” your profile pic - thought you were a woman in the military). However, you look pretty young, so not a huge deal. How old are you? Do you want to join the military?

Whatever your goals, military or otherwise, I think you should buy “Starting Strength” by Rippentoe. That’ll get you a whole lot further in your military or civilian strength career than some pushups. Pushups are important too, but add them in later. Best of luck.

[quote]MuscleBear wrote:
the t pushups kicking the ass of the one armers?i will have to check that out. one arm pushup is the b est thing since beef jerky so its hard to imagine any other pushup variation kicking its ass apart from the handstand pushup. your explanation is hard to understand though so im gonna have to google it. thanks
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Here’s a pretty good pic I found, except I usually open up the hips more on the upward rotation, so that your belly button faces sideways as well. I think this dude is a bit too much squared off from the waist down.

Hope it helps. Also, these lend themselves to using dumbbells for resistance, if just bodyweight is still too easy.