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Why is 40 pushups a day not doing anything?

Please check if you are missing something from this answer on how to build muscle. The two most common things people mess up when trying to grow larger muscles are they don't eat enough, and they don'...
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My pushups don't increase

Don't worry. The question is perfectly on-topic here. When I read through your description of your process, I'm on the lookout for one single thing. And unless I'm missing it, I don't see it anywhere ...
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My knees fall when I do push-ups. Is it weakness, or bad form?

What you are describing suggests that your knee extensors, and particularly the single-joint quadriceps muscles—vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, and vastus intermedius—are weak. The closer that you ...
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What is meant by the assertion that high repetitions of pushups do not build strength?

"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 ...
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My pushups don't increase

I actually joined this community because I read your post. I won't say I am the know all guru on this, but from personal experience I will say it is normal to drop. Don't take this as the LAW, as ...
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Breathing rules while doing push ups

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 ...
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How to bend the elbows in push ups

Welcome to Physical Fitness.SE! Like with bench pressing, elbow position is important for push ups. The elbow position determines the shoulders' movement and which muscles contribute to the exercise. ...
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What type of push ups benefit muscle up?

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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What are the rules to be followed while doing push ups at home

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 ...
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Why is 40 pushups a day not doing anything?

It seems that if you insist on doing unweighted push-ups you have to build up to 100s of push-ups every day to see results (1). Personally I do push-ups with a weight plate on my back instead. That ...
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Will too much muscle exercise harm the muscle?

Yes. Since these challenges usually involve high levels of over exertion I would steer clear of it. The last time I heard of the challenge it was 100 push-ups a day for 30, 60, or 90 days. This can ...
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why can't I do push up or pull up?

The first question I would have to ask you is are you 40 kg or less? The reason you have a hard time with these body weight exercises is because the resistance of your body is more than you are ...
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What is meant by the assertion that high repetitions of pushups do not build strength?

We say this because when you keep doing pushups for 50+ repetitions, at a certain point, your muscles are really just adapting to this particular movement, and this particular weight, rather than ...
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Can I gain muscle mass doing push ups?

What you've read is false. You may not end up with a bodybuilder's body, but push ups is a fundamental exercise everybody does, whether going to a gym or not. It definitely helps you gain muscle mass ...
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Why is it harder for women than men to do push ups?

Simply looking at the biology of the male and female human body tells us enough to answer this question. Men have far higher base testosterone, which is why men have a higher base musscle mass ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

The most true "opposite" exercise to the push-up is the let me up, or inverted row. These preserve the posture, bodyweight aspect, and arm positioning of push-ups for a true mirror-image exercise. The ...
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Is wearing Langot necessary to do Push ups at home?

Getting one's testicles in the way during pushups sounds like a problem that is exclusive to those who are particularly blessed with tremendous balls. Or cursed with extremely sensitive ones. No, ...
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My pushups don't increase

Listen to Alec Alec's advice is best: you need weights to advance fastest. Since you mention doing squats, I assume you have access to free weights. Bench press is definitely going to improve your ...
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Will reducing rest between sets make push ups better for hypertrophy?

When I do the feet elevated push ups, I did about 25 to get close to failure. If the scale says I'm pushing around 100-105 pounds, that seems to conflict with bench press 75% 1RM @ 110 lbs. for 10 ...
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How does Push Ups cause one side of my chest to be bigger?

Whether it's normal or not depends on how significant the difference is. It's normal to be slightly asymmetric. No part of your body is exactly symmetric. If it's significant enough for it to bother ...
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Good exercises for lower pecs without weights

Right off the bat, you can't reduce fat from any particular part of your body. Spot reduction is a myth. Most of the chest exercises you're looking at will build your chest proportionally. In ...
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Push-ups form and progression

You should keep doing knee pushups, but you should also start doing regular pushups at an incline. Find an angle where you can do 10-15 repetitions. If you can do more than that, find something lower....
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Why is getting up from a burpee so hard?

From a physiological standpoint, going from the plank to the squat requires you to hold a significant amount of bodyweight over your shoulders, and is bringing your abdomen into a compressed position ...
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Why is it harder for women than men to do push ups?

Women, on average, have less muscle mass than men1, and have a lesser proportion of their muscle in the upper body2. These make it less likely than a random woman will have the upper body strength ...
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unable to progress in pushups

In order to do many push-ups you need both strength and muscular endurance. Training daily and with more than 12 reps is good for endurance but bad for strength. You need to get stronger. This is your ...
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How to prepare for a physical fitness test in a couple of weeks?

You can't get better at running by walking. If you can't run 2km then at least run for 30 seconds, then rest while walking, then run again, and so on. Look up "couch to 5k" schedules to see examples ...
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How to prepare for a physical fitness test in a couple of weeks?

Bottom Line Up Front: 2-4 weeks is a very short amount of time to get from walking time-to-time and knee pushups to a 2k* run and 80 pushups. You can exhaust yourself quickly, but your body needs ...
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Is doing push-ups every day healthy?

When you work out, you break down muscle fibers. Then, when you rest, the muscle fibers are rebuilt, stronger than before, provided you also eat right. If you work out the same muscle group every day,...
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Doing push ups over a 8-10 hour period

Define benefit. If you want to do a lot of pushups, then obviously, you're doing the right thing. But if you're trying to build an overall strong body, and pushups are the only thing you do, then no. ...
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Push-ups: All at once or spread across the day?

Whether your goal is to gain muscle, strength, or endurance, it is always better to do your exercises together (with short breaks between sets) than spaced throughout the day. In general, 3 sets of ...
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