I've got a quick question. How effective will weighted pushups (20 lb weight vest) be towards gaining some muscle? My current workout involves 3 different types of weighted pushups for 3 sets each. Will that be ineffective or will I see some gains?
And actually while I'm at it, same thing with pullups. 3 types, 9 sets.
Thanks in advance.
04-09-2011, 10:17 AM #1
Weighted pushups to build muscle?
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04-09-2011, 02:04 PM #4
As the basis of your workout, or more of something towards the end?
They won't be effective as bench, overhead press, deads, etc. because you can load more weight on those lifts, and thus gain more strength. Weighted pushups, pullups, and dips are great accessory lifts if you have access to the gym (and are good place to start if you don't), but they're not the most efficient ways to add size and strength.I do because I can.
I can because I want to.
I want to because you said I couldn't.
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04-09-2011, 08:37 PM #9
I thought push ups helped with shoulder health since they allow protraction. Is that bad?
Not sure I agree people will be able to lift more doing bench, that depends on experience. There are probably people who can't bench anywhere near to the weight on their hands in a push up. The closed-chain aspect may help some people work harder.
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04-11-2011, 10:47 PM #12
To answer a few questions in one, I was asking as a more general "will it happen" type of thing. I do have access to a gym (being in the military I have a few actually) but being in the military also means gym rats (no offense) fill the place up during the time I am able to go. I don't have a major desire to get huge, but at least a few pounds would be nice.
And I would use handles with them (just to avoid that sprained thumb.. haha).
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04-12-2011, 11:28 AM #15
I've heard the lower back can be stressed during pushup/planks. I've never understood why but it does feel that way sometimes, wish I understood it it.
Still it seems more like an anterior chain (quads/hipflexors/abs) that works for isometric stability in combination with the arm pushing muscles.
Regardless of that though I agree with your point, the stabilization component could take away from maximal stimulation if it distracts from arm pushers. I guess just want to weigh that against the instability component present in open-chain moves like barbell pressing. Comparing to dumbs would be unfair probably.
Maybe on away around that could be to splay the feet really wide? =)
04-12-2011, 01:18 PM #16
I don't want to burst any bubbles but IMO pull-ups are a better indicator of strength than bench.
Please tell me how a push-up is specialization...Committed to:
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11-29-2012, 10:24 AM #17
I am looking to change my chest workout to a variety of different push-ups too (maybe weighted in the future); It will be included in my upper body workout day. My shoulders/back are kinda screwed from bench press/db chest press; so I am ditching bench along with all other exercises that have my back pressed up against a bench with 100-200 pounds pressing down. Tucking my shoulder blades obviously helps, but not enough for me.
My back and shoulders have been irritated over the years, and I now have a bad back (also due to me sitting alot; and maybe sleep posture). But I am sure that it played a part in screwing me, as I can now feel my shoulder blades being irritated as/right after I bench "with good form". I am going to quit these movements and see how I feel in a few weeks or months.
If you are going to do pushups, make sure it is proper form as such: QOZ8J6xuWVE
As for weighted push-ups, i dunno. I may need to think about that in the future as well.
But it's push-ups for me from now on as I see it It is not worth wrecking your body to get big. Who knows, maybe most everyone has a bad back because most everyone benches lulz... I have had an uncomfortable/cracking/aching back for maybe two and a half years. I had just started benching maybe a year or a half before that. Go figure, sad it took me this long to figure it out (maybe). I used to be fine in all sleeping positions waking up just fine on my damn stomach. Now if I sleep on my stomach or back, I'll wake up feeling wrecked. And on my side I wake up feeling not so great either, but either way I have an uncomfortable back all day long "more so if I sleep on my back or stomach". I wake up with headaches mild to severe depending on the level of my head. I had no issues with such things years ago. This bit about the headaches may be completely unrelated, but prolly not, because the condition of your spine effects everything. And mine is not well.
Maybe I am wrecked because of benching once or twice every week in past years. And yes, I prolly have an injury too but haven't gone to a doctor or chiropractor because I don't believe they would be able to do anything for me but give me some pills, suggest surgery or crack my back. Maybe they could have knocked some sense into me and told me to stop putting so much stress on my back once/biweekly. But they wouldn't have told me to do that though, they would have told me to take a break from all weight lifting period, in which I would have said hell no. The other exercises are fine, it's just bench, db chest press and even chest flies that you need to watch "anything that gives you the load of weight while your back is pinned on the ground/bench".
I hope stopping this will help me. I am tired of having an uncomfortable cracking back/spine/TAILBONE. It's not necessarily painful or debilitating, but ohh boy does that constant uncomfortable feeling mess with you; needing to change positions all the time, then need to crack your neck/spine all the time and waking up not feeling refreshed and ready to go. I can breathe in while sucking in my rib cage and my spine cracks. We'll c; o keck
The above is just me trying to determine the source of my issues; in which I clearly indicated that it could very well be the years of benching ect... But, maybe not. Meanwhile, watch this video: Pz3ybLJ5Ots
And as for amount of weight on other exercises; if you are struggling or uncomfortable doing weight that you can just barely do 8 reps of; lower the weight and do 10-15 reps. ie. Squats, I am not going to load hundreds of pounds on and end up not going low enough and or using improper form. I am going to do a decent amount of weight that enables me to use a full range of motion like the exercise intended getting a sufficient burn. ie. don't load the weight on for Db should press and dread trying to push out that eighth rep nearly snapping you neck; lower the weight and do 10-15. If you throw the weight up there and it is automatically overly uncomfortable: lower weight. Whatever is comfortable within reason not going way to light. If you look at the weight/your form/the reps and you are still having issues, maybe the exercise needs to go.
I think I will abandon deads and pursue hyper-extensions. I have always debated dead lifts, and maybe I should say screw em... I do them with proper form, but will not do them any-more.
Let me list what my workout plan will entail: I will still need to do some research on what types of push-ups exist and what else I can do for chest:
1 Sunday: Upper -x1 set stretch-(15min, after post w-orkout meal on days- I have the ti-me)
2 Monday: Lower + Abs -x1set stretch-
3 Tuesday: Rest x2 set stretch (30min)
4 Wednesday: Upper -x1set stretch-
5 Thursday: Lower (Sprints) + Abs -x1set stretch-
6 Friday: Rest x2set stretch
7 Saturday: Rest x2set stretch
1 and 2 set stretches meaning a variety of 8-12 (ect..) different stretches each one being performed once or twice.
**light** Long Medium Paced Jogging 20-30mins/Extra Push-Ups/Wrist work/Extra Stretching can be done any-day
Push-Ups x3 "sets" (number of reps that you see fitting, depending on weight for the below)
Incline Push-Ups x3
Wide Grip Pull-Ups x3
Db Shoulder Press x3
Standing Db Side Raises x2 video: scooby the bodybuilder
Standing Db Front Raises x2 video: scooby the bodybuilder
Standing slightly bent over Db Reverse Flies x2 decent video: evXOlgLTPCw
Seated Db Cons Curls x3
Dips x2 (hands on bench) video: nx9gVDCnT84
Triceps Push-Ups x2 video: same as pushups video above nearing the end
Lower Body 1:
Hyper Ext x3
Slightly Lower Weight Squats/Hyper Ext: Super set x2
Barbell Calf Raises x3
Lunges; forward and backwards (with weight or without) x3
Abs: Crunches x3
Obliques x3 video: CMJA332bfs0
Lower Body 2:
Sprints 20-30 mins on and off
Abs: Crunches x3
Obliques x3 video above
It looks better in MS Word and I didn't have to explain things in it All done at home, I have a bench with a deeeecent squat wrack on the back. Can jog outside or on treadmill. Db's/Barbell/Weights/Widegrip Pull-Up Bar attached to floor boards/Smaller or regular bench for seated movements if need be/small hyper-ext. Great online store is fitnessavenue.ca Paypal
It's messy but I am lazy, so deal with it.
I would list all the stretches I have recently started doing but i don't know the names of them: but here is a link that have some of the one's I use: ht (remove spaces) tp ://ww (remove spaces) w.tope (remove spaces) ndsports. (remove spaces) com/imag (remove spaces) e/clipart/fitness/stretching
Switch your stretches/exercises up if you can in the future, and increase weight/reps too. But make sure the exercises you choose are 100% comfortable with u, cool.
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01-12-2013, 10:03 PM #24
If you weigh 150lb, the push ups with 20lb vest are equivalent to roughly 80-100lb bench press. If you are weak to begin with, then the weighted push ups will give you results, but if you can already bench press 120lb then the push ups are likely too easy.
Personally I use various resistance bands with push ups when I don't have access to a gym. Band resisted or vest resisted push ups are a step up from regular push ups. I got good Improvements from Pushups. You can see more of my upper body resistance band workout.
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01-12-2013, 10:16 PM #27
To underestimate the pushup is beyond foolish..
Pushups are ESSENTIAL to good chest, core, sholder and tricep development. I always shoot to do them as often as possible but I shoot for fitting in 100-150 total reps every time I workout.
I.E on leg day I'll do 10 pushups inbetween a set of squats, 25 more inbetween legpress, so on and so forth until I reach desired total rep goal.
However, I wouldn't advise for doing 'sets' of pushups, EXP weighted ones. There are much better compound weighted movements that better target the chest.
Be VERY careful that you're practicing strict form because more often than not I see kids doing incorrect pushups and you're not really helping yourself as much as you could be.lol
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