Questions tagged [push-ups]

Proper technique, variations and programs for improving your push-ups.

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What muscles do thumbs-up pushups work?

I watch the AthleanX youtube channel a lot to learn a lot about the body's mechanical working as well as any training tips. In one video, Jeff recommends thumbs up push ups as a no equipment work out ...
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Why is 40 pushups a day not doing anything?

My goal is to build muscle, especially in the arms/biceps. Originally I was doing about 10 pushups a day along with some bicep stretches (wall stretch, using rollers, deltoid stretch, etc). In mid-...
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How to increase push-up set? [duplicate]

I started to practice push-up since two weeks ago. Embarrassingly, I was able to do 1 set of 10 and 3 sets of 5, but now I can do 1 set of 20-25 and 3 sets of 10. I know that is nothing, so I want ...
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Will reducing rest between sets make push ups better for hypertrophy?

Some personal stats: 52 yo. 140 lbs. 5'9" My max for push ups in one set is around 35. My 1RM for bench is 145 lbs. If I use 75% 1RM for doing sets of 10 reps, I should lift around 110 lbs. If I ...
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16 yr old male push ups + vertical? [closed]

My friend recently asked me a question about how many push ups or chin ups he should be able to do for the "average" of a 16 year old male, roughly 5' 8 and 140 lbs. He is pretty fit in my ...
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Home workouts that could grow bigger arms

I need suggestions for good home workouts that could grow bigger arms/biceps/forearms I only know of push-ups. I am not sure if they are enough to make your arms bigger I am looking for something ...
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Lower back arch with pushup

I'm curious if the form described in this video is proper: https://youtu.be/562RZrE5r-k?t=28 When you move to 0:28, the back arch is more than evident. I believe this is highly improper form. I have ...
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Which is the role of the chest in push-ups?

As simple as it may be, I find it so difficult to understand which is the chest role in a push-up (and so I don't have the proper mind-muscle connection on how activate my chest). Chest, as said here, ...
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Physical activity guidelines for Americans - muscle strengthening

Physical activity guidelines for Americans says that for best results in addition to 150 min aerobic exercise one should do Physical activities to strengthen your muscles are recommended at least 2 ...
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How to avoid little red dots when doing hand stand pushups?

I like doing hand stand pushups cause its a full shoulder workout, but I tend to get little red dots on my face -- a result of pressure and bursting tiny capillaries apparently. Has anyone figured ...
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How long should I rest after doing an exhaustive exercise?

I am trying to grow muscle mass (I'm thin but not like a skeleton or something), but unfortunately every gym in my country is closed, so I am just training at home. By "training" I mean ...
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Am I getting weaker?

So after a few weeks of working out in my house, I’ve started to notice some gains. At first, I was glad that my exercises were efficient and continued to work out, which at the time seemed to get ...
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Why is it harder for women than men to do push ups?

From all sources I could find, women find it much harder than men to do push ups. Why is that? Has it only to do with arm muscles or has it to do with core musculature? Does it have anything to do ...
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Gymnastics Rings vs Triangles

I have a set of triangle shaped resistance band handles (like this) that I've been using for pushups and pullups to make the exercise more difficult and to build up stabilizer muscles. Is there any ...
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Left side bigger than right side

I started doing serious push-ups in July (60 a day). It's been almost 4 months and I got good results. My chest, biceps, triceps have become bigger, much more defined. However, my left side chest, ...
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What is the ideal rest time for my exercise?

I'm quite a skinny guy - genetics probably play a part in this, but I'm trying to get more active and potentially gain some more muscle. Since COVID doesn't really allow for gyms to be open, I've ...
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‘Perfect’ one-arm push-ups

In the video below, the guy does a perfect one-arm push-up: no bending of the body, chest to the ground, the body in perfect line, and with legs at shoulder width. https://youtu.be/IkG8rCCXnE8 I was ...
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Normal push-ups versus cross push-ups

How do normal push-ups compare with push-ups with the arms in a cross position? I am guessing that it produces less hypertrophy because the range of motion is way shorter, but I want experts' opinions....
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My knees fall when I do push-ups. Is it weakness, or bad form?

I've just started doing push-ups, and whenever I am approaching a 0-degree angle (so my elbows and shoulders are about even) my knees collapse to the ground. This is, of course, not ideal. Is it ...
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Decreasing number of push-ups

I'm 62 years old and I've been doing 100 push-ups a day since March. I do 20 at a time throughout the day. After I do a set of 20 push-ups, I do 20 curls. I've also put in a pull-up bar, and I try do ...
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What does failure feel like when doing a press up/push up?

I am doing press ups - my target is a set of 8. On the 7th and 8th I get to a point where I simply can't push myself back up again from the low position. I try for a few seconds and then I give way ...
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Problem While Doing Plyometric Pushups

Whenever i do plyometrics pushups my hands never fall in the same place they go completely side ways. Is this harmful and does this happen to everyone when they do plyo pushups or will this improve ...
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My pushups don't increase

I don't know what to do. I'm desperate. I do pushups regularly for almost three years but not only haven't I managed to reach some decent increase pace (I hope you understand what I mean by my clumsy ...
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Why is getting up from a burpee so hard?

I'm a crossfit newbie and some colleagues from the gym and I agree that the most painful part (and the most breathe exhausting) is getting up from a burpee, that is, passing from the plank position to ...
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What type of push ups benefit muscle up?

I want to do muscle up. I can do 14 pull ups and I can get my elbow above the bar in to the muscle up position but when it comes to pushing down and completing the muscle up I don't have the required ...
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Pushup strength decreasing after joining Gym?

I started doing pushups only. I reached a maximum of 30 at one time and then squeezed in around 100 pushups every day. This was going on for a few months. Then I joined a gym. I do a full-body ...
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More then 20 pushups per day - Endurance or Muscles

I heard in a day, about 20 pushups will help to build muscles, if we do more then that, then it will help only for the strength & endurance, is this correct ?
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Doing Pushups without taking enough protein

I will join a gym for strength training after 30 days, so until that time, if i do pushups daily , will it help me in gym ? because currently i am taking only 25-30gms of protein/day, once i start ...
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Stable shoulder position in bench press vs pushups?

When performing the bench press, usually you are advised to pinch your shoulder blades back and down in order to get your shoulder joint in the most stable/safe position. Also it's pretty common to ...
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What's a good body weight exercise to build pectoral strength or mass?

I'd like to work on pectoral strength, and I'm wondering what different techniques there are for building that using bodyweight. Is it not realistic without a bench press? I currently do wide-arm ...
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Can only feel clavicular head (upper chest) working out during inclined pushups

Are inclined pushups good for the whole chest or it only targets upper chest?
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Only side of chest feel sore after pushups

Only the muscle in red feel sore after pushups, why isn't my full chest feeling sore, what am I doing wrong?
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How can I engage my chest more when doing pushups?

I understand that pushups are supposed to be a chest exercise primarily. However, I find that I use my triceps and anterior deltoids more than my chest when doing the exercise. How can I engage my ...
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Is wearing Langot necessary to do Push ups at home?

I have been doing home workout routine of 100 Decline push ups and 50 diamond push ups. I have been wearing a Langot (loin Cloth) to cover my testicles from any harm since I stared working out 10 ...
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Are half pushups any good?

By half pushups I don't mean bending knees, I mean i can't touch the ground fully, there is always some space left between my chest and ground(on many forums they tell that pushups are only good ...
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Difficulty breathing in push-up position

I've been out of shape for several years, but finally starting to get back into exercising. I've been doing pretty heavy aerobic exercises for the past two months. For the most part, I'm doing ok - ...
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Effective way to increase number of push up reps per set?

If I do push ups using four sets like this: 40, 30, 20, 10 (100 in total), with 3 min intervals between sets... Which of the following (A or B) would be more effective to do the next workout day (...
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How to bend the elbows in push ups

I am confused regarding how to bend my elbows while going down in a push-up. If we are observing a person doing a correct push up from the top i.e that his back is visible to us, will his/her body ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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Is there an alternative to the T-Grip (Neuro grip) Isometric Stabilizer Power Push Up?

I heard some recommendations for using t-grip (Neuro grip) especially for push ups. . I would like to know what are the benefits in using it as comparison to regular push up. In addition, I would ...
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Upper back pain day after push-ups/pulls ups [closed]

So I've been doing push-ups for over six years and the first five years it was quite simple 6x20 sets of push-ups, without any pull-ups. Rarely an injury, and the ones that I had was somewhere at the ...
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does doing 1 set of push-ups per day help build muscle?

I'm kinda lazy and just wanna do 1 set of push-ups a day -- say, 20 reps a night before bedtime, or as many reps as I can do in 1 set. Will such minimal exercise help build muscle? I walk about 2 ...
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The Maths of Exercise

Lets say for whatever reason You can't do a pushup to save your life. You can't manage the technique and it hurts you too much. Or lets say you're like me and can't do a sit up to save your life ...
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A different approach to 100 push-ups / 20 pull-ups challenge

Many trainer websites and apps for challenges such as 200 squats, 100 push-ups, 20 pull-ups, etc., have you do five sets of certain repetitions every other day. I wanted to run by you a different ...
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Push Ups vs Machines

Why can't I do push ups (lol) but I can perfectly do 13 kilos 4series 30 reps, in a tricep or bicep workout? Plus it's a compound movement meaning I'm not enfoquing everything on just one muscle? If ...
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How to love push-ups? [duplicate]

Which benefits has push-ups? I do push-ups many times but my muscles doesn't grow and I lost my motivation for this exercise. Could anyone tell me what is the gold side of push-ups?
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Should I be doing dips or push ups?

I am currently trying to progress on both the hundred push ups and the one fifty dips programs. I cannot do them on the same day of course, they both put a huge strain on my triceps. And while ...
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Uneven chest after pushups

This happened last year that when I used to do pushups, I realized my chest got uneven, and its more than just a bit but still only noticeable to me. I do wrist pushups properly but don't understand ...
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Should I be doing push-ups if I can do dips in order to hit chest muscles?

I was doing the following exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBJTLMaJZrQ for some weeks. I had been doing just 3 sets of normal push-ups till the fatigue before, so it took only a few weeks for ...
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Does pushups help in straightning back?

Straight back is very important thing and most of the people does not have a straight back. Normally people tend to sit with bending and hence faces problems in long run. Does pushups help in getting ...