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Does doing 30 pushups a day impact your upper body strength a lot?


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Gotta agree, push-ups are great because the simple exercise you do (since you can do it on your floor in front of the TV without making a big fuss) is better than the elaborate training regimen you don't get around to doing.

I would say to directly answer the OP, it probably won't impact your upper body strength "a lot" in an absolute sense, although if you find doing 30 push-ups to be difficult now, then it might make a big difference for you.  I'd expect that after a couple weeks, 30 push-ups is going to seem like a warm-up.  It's small enough that you're not going to hurt yourself doing it every day.  Nothing wrong with that.

I'd also suggest, while you're at it, adding a similar number of crunches to the daily workout.  Depending on your fitness level, you should be able to reach a point where you can do push-ups and crunches at that level in 15 minutes or so.  For both push-ups and crunches, you should either read around or, better, talk to someone who's experienced just to get the technique right.  They're both easy, but like was said above, many people use poor form that can be hard on your back.

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Originally Posted by CassinoNorth

Do the 100 pushup challenge if anything

http://hundredpushups.com/



this is probably the best idea for "push ups"

But as others have stated. Forearms, Lats, Legs and Core are probably 100x more important.

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Do some pushups or whatever.  If my workouts only consisted of 30 pushups a day, man, what an easy life.  I could have done twice that many in the time it took me to write this.  It's not going to build swing speed, but it will help your arms hang in balance for your back workouts.  You need the front side of your body to be strong if the back side is strong.  The back side is used more in the golf swing.

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Push-ups are great at building the muscles of your chest, arms, front deltoids and back. And to some extent the abs.

Different variations of the classic push-up can place more of a focus on certain muscle groups. Performing push-ups with your hands closer together places more emphasis on your triceps. Performing push-ups with your feet elevated on a bench will place more emphasis on your core muscles for stabilization.

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Quite possibly the easiest and best single exercise you can do.  There is a reason athletes, military, and law enforcement have been doing them forever.  I suggest three sets each time you work out.  Start at 10, move to 12 a week later, etc, etc.  I do three sets of 35 each day.  Pretty week, considering I used to pump out 100 in two minutes with minimal effort.  But at 36, I'm getting old and lazy.

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What I haven't read about yet is doing one-armed swings with your left arm only (a Johnny Miller thing), assuming you're right handed. One respondent mentioned front-back balance, but right-left balance is important, too.

Gary Player mentioned on a Golf Channel Academy show a few years ago that forearms, abs, and legs are the most important muscles for a golfer.

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Definately but you need to push yourself. at least 60 but also sit ups, squats and related forms of exercise and if possible stay away from weights. You dont need to pay for the gym yet it gives better results. You still retain flexibility, speed and endureance. It increases blood circulation and mental strength and helps you sleep

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Definately but you need to push yourself. at least 60 but also sit ups, squats and related forms of exercise and if possible stay away from weights. You dont need to pay for the gym yet it gives better results. You still retain flexibility, speed and endureance. It increases blood circulation and mental strength and helps you sleep

Doing pushups is lifting weights, your own weight.  Lifting weights increases flexibility:

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20100604/resistance-training-improves-flexibility-too

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OP - if you are doing nothing, and you think you'd like to start with 30 pushups a day then

GO FOR IT

(it is a start, it is 'enough', it is the right exercise for now if that's what you are willing or able to do)

if you can do more or mix it up later?  go for it

you might like the feel and the results and start doing all that other stuff too at some point

Whatever it takes for you to commit to that first step.............

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Muscle confusion is a total myth, Its like a plecibo, it keeps things fresh and non boring, keeps you working at your max. Your muscles will break down and repaire them selves under stress no matter what. But they do get use to weight, so you got to increase weights. Just like the spot reduction is a myth, you can't loose fat in one specific area, the body uses fat uniformily over the body. People hit the wall because they don't adjust there weights, there nutrition, or don't rest properly.

Spot on.

Muscle confusion is garbage...want your muscles to keep growing, the weight needs to keep growing. That's it.

And spot reduction...ugh...

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Muscle confusion is garbage...

I agree with this.  a contraction is a contraction.

P90X is a good program - super setting with the goals to consistently push your personal bests based on physical bio feedback is always a good method for lifting.   (and then mix in a variety of other types of workouts)

Changing up the exercises to keep me engaged in the process is just a good idea

it doesn't need some silly name to make it more palatable.

Trying to sell me a bunch of silly supplements is off putting too.

but the basic workout philosophy is a winner once you strip the silly marketing stuff away

spot reduction is possible......with surgery - it's invasive, unhealthy and temporary....but possible

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I did a workout for quite a while that was only sit ups (and quite simple).

I did the workout every other day and did only one set but added one sit up every time and wrote it down. Started out with 25.

When I finally stopped that routine (for some reason) I was up to 789 sit ups. Still have a pad I kept track of them on. ;-)

I've thought about using that routine again and maybe adding push ups this time. I think I would have to slightly adjust the rate of increase to one added sit up per workout and one added push up per every other workout because I don't that increases in my push up capability could keep pace with my increases in sit up capability.

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I agree with this.  a contraction is a contraction.

P90X is a good program - super setting with the goals to consistently push your personal bests based on physical bio feedback is always a good method for lifting.   (and then mix in a variety of other types of workouts)

Changing up the exercises to keep me engaged in the process is just a good idea

it doesn't need some silly name to make it more palatable.

Trying to sell me a bunch of silly supplements is off putting too.

Yep. Only supplement I use is protein powder. You don't need anything else. You can get absolutely shredded with a good diet and exercise program.

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