Jul 6, 2009 6:58pm

Bogleg Bogleg
480 posts

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@Cassi – I think it depends on the way you are working those muscle groups. Certainly cardio endurance training can be performed on several days in a row. A typical training plan for a road cyclist might include a period of base building where you are performing aerobic capacity workouts several days per week, staying in an lower working zone and avoiding going over your lactate threshold. But that same period-based training plan might then call for significant work loads every week, where a cyclist ramps up his or her miles and effort for a certain goal. The same could be said for other athletes who are engaged in workouts focused on explosiveness and quickness (i.e. boxers or hockey players) and not necessarily on raw strength (a la football players).

@IronDave – I totally agree with arnthorla on the value of active recovery rides. This is something I always had to do by myself instead of with a group (you can imagine why), but after a race day an active recovery ride seemed to really do more for me than taking the day completely off. Besides, it’s very enjoyable to have a nice, easy spin in the country side for an hour or two.

Back to the topic at hand – when I was in the military our PT was primarily running, sit-ups, push-ups, and pull-ups. We did these every day except weekends. In my 4 years I don’t recall anyone suffering injury. I personally gained significant upper body strength and endurance during that time.

I think to answer this question would require fully understanding your objectives. If your objective is to maintain a certain level of fitness, perhaps regular push-ups and ab work would suffice. If it is to add muscle and get stronger overall, there are probably better ways to go about it assuming you have the equipment available to you.

And lastly I agree with turgonx that the most important consideration is to listen to your body. If today you can do a set of 90 push-ups but tomorrow you felt tired at 60, maybe take a day off and get back to it.

Jul 6, 2009 8:05pm

Doo Doo
163 posts

I Did 1,000 Pushups! Fat Loser

I agrre with turgonx and Bogleg when it comes to listening to your body and consider what activities some people do everyday.

I participated in a 5000 pushup challenge and did at least 50 push-ups everyday on average with some days over 100. I noticed that it helped increase my chest size and my bench press went up and I am not a beginner either. Push-ups can indeed build strength/muscle for lifting newbies but become more difficult as your body adapts.

Jul 7, 2009 12:38pm

chaddukes chaddukes
888 posts

I absolutely disagree with the premise that a) sit ups are the ideal ab exercise, and b) push ups are not good for strength and muscle development. I won’t get into the sit ups issue as I hope its been beat to death in other places.

However, push ups are indeed the ideal upper body strength exercise. And they build tons of muscle if adapted properly. They utilize far more muscles than a bench press. Saying that they are a recipe for injury is simply ignorant. In fact there may be no better pressing exercise for shoulder health.

Of course, it doesn’t take long for you to be able to very quickly handle your body weight. At this point getting sufficient loads is difficult, and this is why many people will abandon them. But, with the right modifications you can still get sufficient loads for both hypertrophy and strength. If you think that push ups are too easy try doing one armed push ups with your feet elevated! I do one arm push ups, or elevated push ups with my kids sitting on my back, when they feel like cooperating! And when they don’t, I have a weight vest.

And like Bogleg, I was in the service and we did tons of push ups. In basic training we did them everyday, several times a day, even on Sundays. Not that I would advise that. But, despite getting inadequate rest and recovery my body adapted and I was able to do many, many more at the end than I was at the beginning. But, after basic training when we were actually able to sleep and get some rest I found that my strength and endurance shot through the roof with less volume. Other guys found that their strength and endurance went down after basic training because of that same reduced volume. Different people have different reactions to the same stimulus.

Aug 20, 2009 11:23pm

Dejovas Dejovas
46 posts

I Lost 5 Lbs! Super-Ripped

hmmm, Ive been doing 25 pushups, plank, 25 pushups, side plank, 25 pushups, other side plank, 25 pushups every morning… Its more of a wake-up and get the blood going exercise for me. I wonder if Im doing more harm than good.

Aug 21, 2009 12:58am

chaddukes chaddukes
888 posts

Why would you be doing yourself harm?

Aug 21, 2009 1:18am

Dejovas Dejovas
46 posts

I Lost 5 Lbs! Super-Ripped

only cause of all the suggestions to not do it everyday, and people saying you need to rest the muscles 48 hours

Sep 4, 2009 4:44pm

nalvar1 nalvar1
1 post

I have been doing pushups for a few months now on the “iron gym.” Typically I try to do at least 100 every day i do them, in sets of 10, along with some off days. Recently I’ve found that pushups are getting a little easier for me. So I decided to strap on my backpack with a few textbooks in it to add weight. Will this help me gain muscle mass or will I just become better at doing pushups?

Sep 4, 2009 9:16pm

chaddukes chaddukes
888 posts

nalvar1, you can definitely gain mass from push ups. But, at the same time any movement that you do over and over again is going to make you better at that specific motion. There is nothing wrong with this. You’ll still get strength carry over to other things.

Adding weight, elevating your feet, moving your hands for wide, and narrow positions, one armed pushups, etc. these will all help you to have good overall upper body pushing strength. And if you do enough, and make them difficult enough you will gain some mass.

It’s helpful to also do some upper body pulling motions like pull ups, chin ups, inverted rows, etc. That will help to balance out your upper body.

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