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    Can push-ups be done everyday?

    or at least 3 times a week (separated days).
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    no. pushups are like any other pec-tricep exercise. youll overtrain like you would w/ anything else. trust me. most work each muscle once a week.
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    You can do pushups several times a day, every day. You won't overtrain unless you are training to failure.
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    Originally Posted by mark prater 123
    no. pushups are like any other pec-tricep exercise. youll overtrain like you would w/ anything else. trust me. most work each muscle once a week.
    Why not get around in a wheelchair in between squat sessions? Don't want to overtrain those legs.

    Seriously, pushups, which involve around 2/3 of your body weight, will be below 50% of 1RM for most guys here. Maybe not beginners, but for everyone else it will be. Let's say you can press 300lbs once and you weigh 180lbs. Pushups would involve around 40% of your 1RM on bench press. Consider the fact even very light bodybuilding training is typically done with resistance no lower than 65%, how would doing a few sets of pushups between workouts lead to "overtraining?"
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    Originally Posted by mark prater 123
    no. pushups are like any other pec-tricep exercise. youll overtrain like you would w/ anything else. trust me. most work each muscle once a week.
    Overtraining is a Central Nervous System problem and not tied to one particular muscle group.

    I coach gymnastics and my girls practice everyday, 4 hours a day. Including push-ups, which are quite miniscule compared to the whole. The girls don't just drop like flies because of overtraining, a term used to 'misdiagnose' and for cry babies.

    Though very real, it is extremely difficult to 'over train'.

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    If you train correctly then yes you can do push ups everyday if it will help towards your goals.
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    push ups are way too light for you to overtrain with unless u put like 100 pounds on ur back for resistance then u might wanna take a day off inbetween but ur not doin that are u. 1-2 push ups sessions a day is ideal if u can do that. seriously for the guy that said u can overtrain on push ups he needs to give his head a shake, its not like the guy is gonna do 500 of them a day anyways. how amny can u do man? btw
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    Originally Posted by mark prater 123
    no. pushups are like any other pec-tricep exercise. youll overtrain like you would w/ anything else. trust me. most work each muscle once a week.
    Wow. Truly an awful post.
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    What's the ****ing point of doing them? Everyone on here's obsessed with bloody push-ups for some reason! Stop being a pussy and hit some real chest exercises!
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    Originally Posted by dparm99
    What's the ****ing point of doing them? Everyone on here's obsessed with bloody push-ups for some reason! Stop being a pussy and hit some real chest exercises!
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    Originally Posted by dparm99
    What's the ****ing point of doing them? Everyone on here's obsessed with bloody push-ups for some reason! Stop being a pussy and hit some real chest exercises!
    weighted pushups > any pressing motion
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    Why not do them? They're great for upper body and cardio endurance, mental toughness, and some people like to do them.
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    well from my point of view when i was in Marine bootcamp i did pushups everyday before hitting the rack at night and considering you dont eat alot in bootcamp I got pretty good results more of apperance my chest looked better but thats me. i did a set of 100 each night worked pretty good but didnt really help for strength but it did tone my chest very nice!
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    Originally Posted by The Real Deal
    weighted pushups > any pressing motion
    I'd bet my left nut that the thread starter isn't doing them weighted.
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    Why not do them? They're great for upper body and cardio endurance, mental toughness, and some people like to do them.
    Endurance - just what a bodybuilder needs!
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    I do 5 sets of 5 bodyweight pullups every time I go to the gym, even on non-back days.
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    Originally Posted by superhombre2k
    I do 5 sets of 5 bodyweight pullups every time I go to the gym, even on non-back days.
    The post isn't about pullups, it's about pushups ;]
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    alright. well ur all right about if you work them not to failure, you wont overtrain. and thats crap whoever said overtraining is very hard. its done simply by working a muscle before it has a chance to recover. by working a muscle very little, you would probably recover by the next day, but who wants to do that? when i wrote that i assumed you meant working many sets to failure or close which is what seems logical so you can do that with every muscle individually as opposed to all during one work out. im about to complete medical school and many of my electives i choose muscle physiology, etc. so you might as well listen.
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    Originally Posted by mark prater 123
    alright. well ur all right about if you work them not to failure, you wont overtrain. and thats crap whoever said overtraining is very hard. its done simply by working a muscle before it has a chance to recover. by working a muscle very little, you would probably recover by the next day, but who wants to do that? when i wrote that i assumed you meant working many sets to failure or close which is what seems logical so you can do that with every muscle individually as opposed to all during one work out. im about to complete medical school and many of my electives i choose muscle physiology, etc. so you might as well listen.
    I'm listening, and still not convinced.

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    Originally Posted by mark prater 123
    alright. well ur all right about if you work them not to failure, you wont overtrain. and thats crap whoever said overtraining is very hard. its done simply by working a muscle before it has a chance to recover. by working a muscle very little, you would probably recover by the next day, but who wants to do that? when i wrote that i assumed you meant working many sets to failure or close which is what seems logical so you can do that with every muscle individually as opposed to all during one work out. im about to complete medical school and many of my electives i choose muscle physiology, etc. so you might as well listen.
    What I said about using a wheelchair between squat sesisons was a joke, but think about it: walking up a few flights of stairs while carrying some stuff, if you're reasonably heavy is going to be similar to pushups in terms of resistance. Now is doing that for a few minutes a day going to lead to overtraining? Take a look around at what is going on in the real world. Not everyone is sitting behind a desk in an air-conditioned office. And they survive.

    Doing a few sets of bodyweight pushups, chins, and dips, or going for a jog up and down some stairs every morning is fine for general fitness. It's good for cardiovascular health. Think about what overtraining is: it involves the CNS and its symptoms are CNS and endocrine system related.

    If you're lifting heavy weights, especially to failure, you will obviously place substantial demands on the CNS which over time will become a problem if you're not getting adequate rest or varying the training load. But lifting a very light weight say 50 times, like pushups with 40% of your max (see the earlier post), is clearly not going to "burn out" your central nervous system.
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