I'm sporting moderately for about half of a year, dropped lots of weight and got some muscle. The only problem there is, is with pushup repetitions.
- Previous summer I was doing 10-15 normal pushup reps.
- Next, I strarted doing them with "handles" (or whatever they are called, for deeper pushups). And I still could do only 10-15 of them.
- Then I trained myself enough to do 10-15 diamond pushups in one set.
Everything seems pretty nice, right? However, when I now try doing "basic" pushups, they seem to be horribly easy for me at first, but I still can't do more than 15 of them! My arms do not hurt, my chest does not hurt, I just feel horribly tired after doing 15 of them and just collapse on the ground trying to do 16-th. It's like my hands can't handle more than 15 reps
Some of my friends told me that I need to drink more water. Well, last month I've been drinking 4-5 litres per day. The other one told me to try Creatine - with same result.
What can be the problem? I don't think that is linked with lungs and oxygen consumption, as I can run 8km at 10 km/h with no breathing problems. Maybe I need some special training program?
Thanks in advance.
Information about my training:
I'm following one of training programs described in book Convict Conditioning. Basically I'm training every day with Sunday as an off-day. Program targets different muscle group every day, 2 times a week. So basically I'm doing pushups 2 times a week (tuesdays and thursdays).
Usual pushup session looks like this:
- 2 sets (15 reps) wide hands with handles
- 2 sets (10-15 reps) diamond pushups
- 2 sets (5-10 reps each arm) of 1 arm + 1 arm with handle (training with aim for one-armed pushups).
The whole program goes like this:
- Mondays: Pullups, Situps, Grip Work (hanging)
- Tuesdays: Pushups, Leg-raises, Calf Work
- Wednesday: Hand-stands, Bridges, Neck-work (bridge-like)
- See Mondays.
- See Tuesdays.
- See Wednesday.
- Day off + some light stretching over the day.
Also, I think it's worth mentioning that I get 8 hours of sleep, and 100-150g of protein per day (+multivitamins +potassium +magnesium +fish-oil). Moreover, no smoking, no alcohol and healthy food only.