Long story short. Need to build up the number of push-ups I can do within the next month. I know it's a big no-no to not take days off (in bodybuilding terms) because you will not gain mass this way. I'm not looking to gain mass, more of strength and endurance. I need to increase the number of push-ups I can do.
So should I do push-ups daily, or every other day?
If so, anyone have a plan? Sets? Incline vs. non-incline? Pushups till failure?
Appreciate any help and all replies. Hopefully I can find someone that gives good information, have a history of receiving bad work-out advice from people.
Have you tried the 100 Push Ups program? It can get you to do 100 consecutive push ups in 7 weeks. There's a book and an app out so you can get whatever works for you. Just google "hundred pushups" and you'll find it.
From what I've experienced myself and seen through my friend Nick Kelly (top recruit for the Navy Seals), it's all about consistency. You need to do a good amount of pushups every day, and occasionally (maybe 3 times a week) do sets where you go until failure, rest in pushup position or downward dog, and keep pushing until you hit a number you never thought you could do before. Nick would do sets of 10 with 10 seconds rest (in downward dog) in between up until 100. As far as the types of pushups, mix it up! Have some fun with it. Like any other exercise, variety "shocks" break through your plateaus.
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