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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Dull pain/soreness in upper back muscles behind right shoulder bone after pushups

It may be a little late now, but I think the pain is in your rotator cuff, which can lead to injuries. I had the same pain, exactly as you mentioned but an easy fix will prevent/stop this pain. Keep ...
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Inmate workouts

Building on JJosaur's answer, there's also the issue of muscular imbalances. Chest muscles pull your shoulders forward. Back muscles pull your shoulders back. If one set of muscles is completely over-...
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Inmate workouts

Doing anything at that severe high volume will eventually not become as useful as it originally was. With any exercise, if you keep repeating it your body will adapt to become good at it and you will ...
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How to maintain push ups training

I just wanted to add that doing much more than 100 push-ups will likely not make your muscle much bigger. That's not how muscles grow bigger as far as I understand it... Hi rep push-ups based on a ...
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1000 push-ups a day to lose body fat?

How much will 1000 push ups a day help in losing body fat? Not enough to out exercise a bad diet, here is a great breakdown from quora on the amount of calories 50 press-ups do. doing 50 push ups, ...
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After 2 years cannot do push or pull up - is it more than a strength issue?

What you should be doing is increasing the strength of the muscle groups you use during a pull-up or push-up. For instance, do lat pull-downs or inverted rows to work your back muscles to the point ...
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Is my back bending during my push-up?

Yes. You're not keeping your core tight enough. If you're ever not certain if you're in the correct posture, clench your buttock and stomach muscles tight while doing them. By the nature of body ...
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Home chest push ups-middle-inner-low

I'm astonished that no answer mentioned that there is no such no such thing as middle chest as there is no inner or outer chest. I will not go on a rant about it but before providing some information ...
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The Maths of Exercise

Trying to calculate in advance how much weight an untrained individual should be able to use in their first session is an exercise in futility. First session in the gym, just start with a weight that ...
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does doing 1 set of push-ups per day help build muscle?

No. I'm kinda lazy and just wanna do 1 set of push-ups a day Will such minimal exercise help build muscle? If such minimal exercise built muscle, everyone would be in fantastic shape. Additionally, ...
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What's a good body weight exercise to build pectoral strength or mass?

You'll find that you can get extremely far with just bodyweight-- really it depends upon what your goals are. For powerlifting, for example, bodyweight exercises aren't going to cut it. If your goals ...
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Physical activity guidelines for Americans - muscle strengthening

if I do say only push ups for 2 days, does that satisfy above need? Say 20-30 push ups on each day with breaks. If I am not mistaken, you found the advice here. The point of that page is simply to ...
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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. A simple beginner routine could consist of push-ups targeting the triceps, pecs, and ...
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Why is 40 pushups a day not doing anything?

Number of reps At 40 reps, you're training for endurance. That's great for toning - but not for putting on bulk. Some answers have suggested using a weight plate on your back. A simpler solution ...
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