Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Q. It is impossible to increase muscle strength and mass by doing pushups? I think we can develop good pecs by doing pushups?
A. Not entirely impossible, but certainly inefficient and largely ineffective.
I still maintain that, even as a beginner, pushups are not the most efficient or effective way to develop your chest. I certainly understand the benefits of doing pushups in a case where you have no weights available and you need to work your chest (or in order to get the blood flowing regardless of whether or not your intention is to train your chest).
Put simply, pushups = good
Bench press = better
Keep in mind, that strength/mass gains appear most quickly for people who are just starting to train. To that end, for a beginner, literally any exercise will give you significant gains.
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Q. I do pushups is it good chest workout? Or is it more of a cardio fitness exercise? I am a total beginner here.
Though, pushups are plyometric exercises. Don't expect to sprout a large, developed chest doing pushups. I suppose if you went nuts on them you'd get close to that, but pushups are used for like, martial artists or boxers and stuff like that, because its explosive.
If you want to get a muscled chest and without doing pushups like a Navy Seal, weights are the way to go.
For just starting off, pushups are great. You can develop your chest to an extent, as pushups do not have to be done in a plyometric manner. But don't do pushups on a daily basis, as your body will still need time to recover. And by changing up the style of pushup, you can focus on not only your chest, but also your triceps and front deltoids.
Pushups promote muscular endurance. They do not, however, promote hypertrophy (i.e. an increase in muscle mass).