So I did this push-up routine out of Men's Health, and it worked incredibly

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  1. TQ

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    So I did this push-up routine out of Men's Health, and it worked incredibly (for me)

    As some of you may know, I really hurt my back at the beginning of this school year. I've had a bulging disc in my L4-L5 vertebrae and have done absolutely NO exercising.

    I put on 20lbs when I was already 240 and supposed to be losing weight.

    This past week I finally looked in the mirror and got my motivation back so I've been walking a couple miles a day, body squats with a stability ball against a wall for back support and doing several ab movements + basic preacher curls (I don't have anything besides an EZcurl bar, barbell, dumbbells, and about 160lbs in free weights.)

    Well I started doing pushups too and quickly realized just how much strength I have lost. A year ago I could do 80-90 pushups in a row and DB press a set of 75's.

    This past sunday I struggled to do 20 push ups in a row :ugh:

    SO I read this article that said "Do these sets through the week and in 1 week you will be able to do substancially more pushups than the last week."
     
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    Sunday: Do a single set of as many classic pushups as possible and record the number.

    Monday: After you're regular workout (mind you these are the only chest movements I did all week) do 3 sets of 10-15 barbell pushups. (I could only do 5 in a row and did a set of 4 :hs: )

    Tuesday: After you're regular workout 3 sets of 5-10 plyometric pushups. I could hardly do these at all.

    Wednesday: After you're regular workout do as many classic pushups as you can in 5 minutes. Don't do more than 50% of your max in any set. Take a short rest in between sets.

    Thursday: After you're regular workout do 3 sets of walking pushups. Don't count repititions: just go across the room and back if you feel like it. (I had nowhere to do this so I just did 4 sets of 10 classic pushups)

    Friday: After you're regular workout perform 3-5 sets of classic pushups doing about 40% of your maximum.

    Saturday: After you're regular workout Do 3-4 sets of 8-10 classic pushups slow and easy in preperation for Sunday.

    Sunday: Test your max again and it should be substancially improved.

    I did my max yesterday and did 34 pushups :cool: (well cool to me at least :o )

    Anyways I was just impressed with the results and thought I'd share :bigthumb:
     
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    Muscle memory.

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    umm congratulations on improving your endurance for push-ups.
     
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    Btw its muscle memory. Lets see you get another 14 by next week.:rolleyes:
     
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    why are yall coming down on him? atleast he's doing something while being injured
     
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    OMG GUYS I USED TO WORK OUT AND THEN I STOPPED AND I DID 15 MORE PUSHUPS AFTER A WEEK!!!!11lc
     
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    :ugh:

    While I know that I won't see a gain that huge next week I was happy to see any gain at all. I was expecting to be able to do maybe 4-5 more pushups.

    I can't lift heavy again until my core is stronger. So pushups are probably the only chest movement I will be able to do for a long time.

    This isn't the main forum, take your asshole attitude and fuck off you useless prick. :ugh2:
     
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    Leave it to OT to kick a man while hes down :rolleyes:
     
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    nah dude it's not that...it's just thats how muscles work. you didn't gain any strength...you're just better at doing pushups.
     
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    Maybe so, regardless the routine seemed to help me. I did 4 sets of 15 barbell pushups today without a problem whatsoever compared to last week when I could hardly do any at all.

    Are you telling me that if I do pushups everyday I won't tone up at all? :hsugh:

    I definately FEEL stronger :hs:
     
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    Using the word tone here pretty much makes everyone hate you more than anything you said in your first two posts.
     
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    Yeah I realized that after I posted it :rofl:

    I havent been in F&N since people first started doing ECY stacks a couple yrs ago if that tells you anything :hsd:
     
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    Heres a pushup routine for you: do as many pushups as you can on day one. have a rest day. day 3, try and beat your previous pushup number by 1. Have another rest day. Repeat! I'll bet that works easily as well as men's health, unfortunately it'll pretty much be equally as pointless.
     
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    Wow there is a lot of shit talking weak people in this thread

    Glad to hear you are doing something again good luck with getting back in shape and the rehab :bigok:
     
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    THANK you. Christ how hard is it to be a little supportive on OT anymore :wtc:
     
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    The only pushups that seemed to do anything are the barbell pushups. They really made me feel my ab muscles so I'll probably do those fairly often.

    But yeah, I get it, pushups are pointless. However in the shape I'm in they do enough for me until my core is strong enough to lift more free weights again.
     
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    can you ride the bike or stretch or anything like that? If you can do pushups I cant see why you wouldnt be able to do something like pilates.
     
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    Thanks for the link but I have no idea how to do any of those movements :rofl:

    Where can I find some pics or diagrams? :wtc:
     
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    I can do stretches. I'm not supposed to ride bikes yet :hs:

    Are you saying I should do Pilates instead of everything I'm doing right now? :hsugh:
     
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    This is pretty much what I do 5 days a week.

    Walk 2-4 miles.
    100 2-part crunches w/8lb medicine ball.
    100 of this other movment (dunno the name--you lay on your back and thrust your pelvis into the air--works your lower back and ass)
    100 or so body squats against a stability ball on the wall (for back support)
    Pushups
    Barbell curls 4x10
    Hammer curls 4x10
    Just started doing Tate press today (4x10)

    Gonna start doing shoulder movements again tomorrow.
     
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    As soon as I strengthen my core and get another gym membership I'll get back on my old routine: :coold:

    Mondays-Back/Biceps

    Deadlifts 3x10
    Lat pull-downs 4x10
    Seated rows 4x10
    T-bar rows 4x10

    alternating curls 4x10
    preacher curls 4x10
    hammer curls 4x10


    Tuesday-Cardio/Abs


    Wednesdays-Legs/Shoulders

    Squats 3x10
    Leg Press 3x10
    Stiff-legged Dead Lifts 3x10

    Shrugs 4x10
    Side Lateral Raise 4x10
    Bent Over Rear Delt Raise 4x10
    Upright Barbell Rows 4x10


    Thursday-Cardio/Abs


    Friday-Chest/Tris

    Flat bench DB press 4x10
    Incline bench 4x10
    Deltoid Fly 4x10
    Decline bench 4x10

    Tricep Pushdowns 4x10
    Reverse Pushdowns 4x10
    Skullcrushers or Kickbacks 4x10
    Overhead Extensions 4x10
    Tate press 4x10
    Dips 4x10

    (Of course I won't be able to do weighted squats or deads for a long time and I'll have to lift light on just about everything.)
     
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    :bigthumb: On getting back some motivation. That's defiintely a hard thing to do after an injury. Making progress is always encouraging, so don't worry what others think.

    BTW: Georges St. Pierre is the man.
     
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    That's not what I remember you saying... :hsugh:
     
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