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    Slow push ups for building mass.

    Hey.

    I started doing this 100 push ups program and I just finished week 2. I'm starting to see some results. my chest is more defined, my shoulders and arms are a bit bigger.

    However... I came across a few articles online, that suggest doing slow push ups help build muscle mass, unlike fast push ups that help define the muscles.

    So I'm thinking dropping the program, and start doing slow push ups from now on. what do you think?

    I used the search function here to see what you have to say about it, but I came across many opinions, and different views on push ups. some say they work, some say they don't, some say depends on your goal.

    So I would really appreciate some advice. as I said, my goals are to add muscle mass, and to define the muscles. I don't really have time to go the gym sadly, as I work most of the day. =(

    Thanks in advance!
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    Originally Posted by faqu View Post
    Hey.

    I started doing this 100 push ups program and I just finished week 2. I'm starting to see some results. my chest is more defined, my shoulders and arms are a bit bigger.

    However... I came across a few articles online, that suggest doing slow push ups help build muscle mass, unlike fast push ups that help define the muscles.

    So I'm thinking dropping the program, and start doing slow push ups from now on. what do you think?

    I used the search function here to see what you have to say about it, but I came across many opinions, and different views on push ups. some say they work, some say they don't, some say depends on your goal.

    So I would really appreciate some advice. as I said, my goals are to add muscle mass, and to define the muscles. I don't really have time to go the gym sadly, as I work most of the day. =(

    Thanks in advance!
    Have a great day.
    instead of slow pushup, you would do better damage with variations of arm placement and legs

    do some pushup with wide arm stance

    others with your feet higher up then your upper body... all will help build and target more muscle area
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    Thanks.
    I'll try doing different sets to failure in various variations. I used to do wide arm stance, hands close together, but I stopped when I started the program.

    I was planning on lifting my feet on the chair, after I can do at least a few good form slow push ups.
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    better off working on planche pushups
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    Originally Posted by chazzy1864 View Post
    Weight will help more than your speed.
    Exactly!

    OP,

    Throw some weights in a back pack and push to near failure for a few sets. Use enough weight to bring the reps somewhere in the 10 -15 range. Progressive overload is the key to gaining gradual mass.

    Ultra slow pushups may put your muscles under greater tension over time by taking momentum out of the equation but the weight is still a constant variable. This will lead to an inevitable plateau.
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    what is the 100 push-ups program?
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    Thanks for all the replies.
    Well, sadly I can't post links yes, but if you type "100 push ups" in googld, it'll be the first page to come up. It's a program that was built to help you perform 100 straight push ups.

    I think I'm gonna go back to that. I tried to do the slow push ups thing for 2 days (not straight), and I didn't like it at all. I didn't feel sore, it bored me, and I didn't see results like I did with the 100 push ups plan.

    I'll do each set in different variations, to keep me interested.
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    Originally Posted by faqu View Post
    a few articles online, that suggest doing slow push ups help build muscle mass, unlike fast push ups that help define the muscles.
    this is not true. defining muscles is purely a fat-loss issue. i find it hard to believe that there is more than one author out there who would write such crap.



    oh & btw faqu too.
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    Well, if your goal is to complete the 100 pushup challenge then I'd be doing them as fast possible just to try to get to 100!
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    I would get some push up stands so that you can go deeper into your push up. Or if you have two dumbbells that aren't round you could use them.
    Originally Posted by faqu View Post
    Hey.

    I started doing this 100 push ups program and I just finished week 2. I'm starting to see some results. my chest is more defined, my shoulders and arms are a bit bigger.

    However... I came across a few articles online, that suggest doing slow push ups help build muscle mass, unlike fast push ups that help define the muscles.

    So I'm thinking dropping the program, and start doing slow push ups from now on. what do you think?

    I used the search function here to see what you have to say about it, but I came across many opinions, and different views on push ups. some say they work, some say they don't, some say depends on your goal.

    So I would really appreciate some advice. as I said, my goals are to add muscle mass, and to define the muscles. I don't really have time to go the gym sadly, as I work most of the day. =(

    Thanks in advance!
    Have a great day.
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    What Chaz said.

    Just because your doing 100 push ups doesnt mean shi.t for gaining size and thats the truth. If you can do 100 your engaging type 1 muscle fibers which unfortunately isnt going to make your body bigger.
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    I'm not just doing the program to say I can do 100 push ups. I want to see results.
    I already have those push ups bars, I feel they help.

    Also, I wanted to start a new thread on the subject since you brought it up, but I have dumbbells. a pair of 4kg each, and one 8kg.

    Would you think it would be a good idea for me to do a few sets of dumbbell workouts on the same day that I do the push ups work out? like hammer curls, bicep curls, etc...?

    sadly I can't afford to buy new dumbbells, so you recall it would be enough to get a good work out on the same day? if not, then I can invest in one 12kg dumbbell to work out with, but what do you think?

    I'm well aware that I need more, but try to help me out with the current situation.

    Thanks.
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