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Your muscles only build while they are resting. Exercise breaks them down and works them hard. When you are not working your muscles, they start rebuilding themselves and making them strong. In short, rest is an important aspect of building strength. If you can't go past the 65 barrier, it's possibly because they aren't getting enough rest in between. ...


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Well, doing a push up aint so hard :) If doing a proper push up is too difficult for you, try changing the leverage. When doing a push up flat on the ground, youre lifiting a certain % of your body weight. If you lift your chest, arms and head higher, you change the leverage, so you will be lifting a lower % of your body mass, and doing the push-up will be ...


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Speaking specifically to push-ups: They don't require any equipment They are fairly effective They exercise a wide range of muscles (chest, triceps, shoulders, abs) They can be easily modified depending on fitness level and target muscle(s) They are easy to learn They are pretty safe It's easy to track progress (I could do 25 push-ups last week, this week ...


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Livestrong.com has a great article about variations in push ups: Regular push-ups Plyometric push-ups, the goal is to push yourself off the ground to develop power. Careful, it's tough on the wrists Diamong push-ups, involves making a diamond shape with both hands. Pushing up like this focuses on the triceps. Staggered push-ups, basically ...


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The biggest risk of injury comes from overuse, particularly if you are getting older. Body weight exercises are very safe, and the biggest real risk of not doing them correctly is wasting time because you won't get the results you want. The key to pushups is keeping your body straight as a board. If your body is sagging in the middle, it's likely because ...


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The row is the exercise that best antagonizes the push-up. It's an easy conclusion to make just by considering the force vector of the push-up. The direction of force is outward and perpendicular to the body. If you reverse that vector, you have a row. To clarify further, imagine only the upper arm and the chest when doing a push-up (imagine you just ...


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"Strength" has a more specific meaning in sports and exercise science than it does in common parlance. Strength is the ability to exert a maximal force against a resistance [1]. A push-up is not a maximal effort for many people, and certainly not for someone doing more than a few in one set. A maximal effort similar to a push-up would be a maximum-weight ...


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Pavel Tsatsouline's The Naked Warrior focuses extensively on bodyweight exercises, and the one-armed pushup is his choice for a daily upper-body exercise. A couple hints from TNW: Use an incline. Do the pushups against a couch or a bench and gradually reduce the incline to keep the effort at a challenging, but not impossible, level. Experiment with the ...


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You can get a rough measurement by holding pushup position with your hands on a bathroom scale. I suggest doing this with your arms fully extended and locked to prevent yourself from actively pushing against the scale and skewing the reading. For me, it ended up being about 75% of body weight.


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Many muscle groups are involved, including hand, arm, chest, shoulder, back strength... it really depends on where your weak link happens to be. I would suggest first making sure that you can do regular flat-hand pushups with good form. Once you can do that, then try raising up onto all five fingers. Once you have those down, you can start taking fingers ...


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What is minimal? We can minimize equipment, we can minimize time, but to determine the minimal exercises we need to know more about who is asking the question. Someone who is morbidly obese with emphysema would have a minimum workout of "walk to the end of the driveway every day". An Olympic athlete might have ten workouts a week just to keep from ...


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Simply put; no. Diet is 80% of the battle when it comes to weight loss. Focus on this before any other area. Also, you cannot 'spot-reduce' fat. Push-ups are a useful exercise but they should not be your only exercise. Too many push-ups (and little else) will lead to posture issues. Consider adding squats, pull-ups, planks etc - these are compound ...


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I tried some and don't quite effective to the chest, the force are on my hands. That's the beauty of push up, we can train various muscles from push ups. I found this video about Chest Workout: Pushups for the Complete Beginner interesting. How should I do it to focus on the chest? I would suggest Wide Push ups to focus on our chest. I took ...


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There's an aspect not covered yet. Knuckle pushups place more stress on the bones of the hand compared to the open palm pushup. Martial artists take advantage of that fact as a way to toughen the bones in the hand so that when they punch something hard, the hand doesn't break. Essentially, the body responds by increasing calcium deposits at the knuckle ...


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I'm sorry, but the selected answer for this question is terribly ill-informed. It doesn't even answer the OP's question of which muscles are actually utilized for each of these activities. Common myth #1: The pushup is merely an exercise for muscular endurance. Common myth #2: The bench press is far superior to the pushup for building muscle, mainly due to ...


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There are 4 types of muscular development: strength - exerting maximum possible force power - exerting maximum possible force over the shortest duration possible mass - increasing the size of the muscle endurance - ability of cardiovascular system to supply oxygen to muscle Don't Developing strength won't help the clap push-up, because you usually want ...


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Both! Varying up the positive/negative tempo and time under tension will target slightly different muscle fibres and other supplementary muscles. So I would recommend aiming to improve different metrics, such as: Total reps Total reps as fast as possible Total reps with 3-4 second negative. Push up variations such diamond push ups or feet elevated push ...


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Handstand work I don't see a particular reason to wait before starting handstand work. Get upside down now, and work on your handstand progression in parallel with your one-arm pushup goal. My handstand work involves handstand holds, "running" (alternating hands), and handstand pushups as deep as I can go (which is not far). I do barbell overhead presses ...


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The end of February is twenty weeks away. With that much time until the competition, you should periodize your training into a general preparation, specific training, and competition lead-up. Doing just push-ups might work too, but you will achieve better results with a more balanced approach. General preparation - 6 weeks For the general preparation ...


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It sounds like as you push yourself to complete the 50 push ups your body is getting out of proper form. Here's an article with a video on push up form: the first part of his speech is a person's tendency to push their head forward as they get tired - doing this myself, I can feel the tension increase on my neck and cause the strain you're describing. ...


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Any time you exercise to the point of increasing your daily caloric burn higher than your caloric intake, you will burn fat. The body alone will decide where to take that fat from. Adding to or toning muscle in an area is not equivalent to losing fat in that same area.


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I think that your best bet for this kind of arrangement is going to be a setup similar to many of the "fitness trails" that are available in many public parks. These are exercise/fitness paths that can be completed at a walking through running pace, with various stations at predetermined intervals to target various muscle groups and agility/power training, ...


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When I was in the Army, we did wide-arm push-ups, elevated push-ups, diamond (close-hand) push-ups, push-ups with resistance (someone putting pressure on your back or a sandbag on your back) and push-ups on our knees. The variations in resistance, targeting different muscle groups, and working towards a burn-out all contributed to breaking the muscle down ...


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Here's a good link with illustrations and videos for doing push ups. Some simple things to remember: wide hand position = working the outer chest/pecs close hand position = working the inner chest/pecs. You can vary intensity by elevating your hands (easier) or elevating your feet (harder). There are many push up variations including: dive bombers, ...


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Yes, it's normal to lose that much strength or more after a protracted period of sickness and non-training. Don't fret. Yes, improving your stamina will help you get more reps. So will improving your strength, or your cardio. Mostly, doing lots of push-ups will get you better at doing lots of push-ups. If you want to add weight, I'd forgo the 5 kilos and go ...


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Palms under your shoulders. Back straight from your head to your heels. Don't sag or A-frame. Feet together or shoulder width apart. Touch the ground on every rep at the bottom. Extend elbows fully at the top. Pack the shoulders and crush the armpit trolls.


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You need to do dips. Start with dips on parallel bars and progress to ring dips. Push-ups aren't specific practice for the pushing motion of the muscle-up.


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Yes, breathe while doing pushups. Conventional wisdom, as with most muscular effort, is to exhale as you're expending your effort (pushing-up) and inhaling as you move back (lowering yourself to right above the floor), but I personally find that, if you don't think about it too much, your breathing usually takes care of itself. It's worth noting that, ...


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There is this great training program that gets you do 100 pushups. It is well thought, well presented and works. The key to any strength exercise is to split your training to sets. The number of sets and repetitions depend greatly on your training goals. On a side note, Ι would suggest considering pull ups.


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First - I'd recommend just forgetting training for one-arm pushups and probably even nix the diamond pushups. You need to work on the primary movement first, then expand to variations. Next, if you really want to increase the number of consecutive pushups you can do, I'd suggest doing them more frequently - maybe every other day. A few extra sets of pushups ...



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