Do push ups sculpt/tone the chest??? Basic question

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  1. yhellotharsir macrumors member

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    IDK if there's any gym heads in this forum, but if there are, any help/knowledge would be appreciated.

    And NO I'm not talking about push ups just by themselves... I mean, in combination with other weight training exercises.

    Thanks.
     
  2. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    yes. so does the bench press and assorted work out machines. db flys help too. i haven't been in the gym since may because of an awful shoulder injury.
     
  3. Surely Guest

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    Yes. Push ups are a really good exercise, especially since there are so many ways to do them (hands far apart, close together, high up, low down, feet up on a bench or an exercise ball). They are even good for your triceps, especially if you put your hands together (touching thumbs) on the floor.
     
  4. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    yep cheapest way to stay fit too besides jump roping. OP should check out the perfect push up if a gym is not within grasp. it engages all possible muscles that the push up exercise uses so you get a nice even work out although nothing can trump hitting them gym and getting a full body workout
     
  5. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    I had a friend who said he had a friend that only did 400 pushups a day and stays ripped. I run 30-40 miles a week and just do core training. Basically p90x with just a crapload more running. My chest is okay, but I bet if I did more pushups I would get a better one.

    I used to do a lot of pushups. I lived somewhere where you needed to workout with your own.... means. That's all I wanna say about that :D Pushups and dips are your best friends when you don'e have weights. Dips get your upper back and a teeny bit of chest and they do your backarms really good. I like dips and perfect crunches or laying back and going up--extended motion ones.

    edit*i am going to get back into my pushup routine tomorrow /dips. Been doing too much running lately and not enough training.
     
  6. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    i personally think pullups and chinups are your best friend when you don't have a gym. and then when you get to the point where it's easy you should do 1 armed ones. and then do like two handed three fingered ones for forearm and grip strength and stuff.
     
  7. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    Yah I forgot those. I love those. Those feel good too!
     
  8. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    db flys will help with bar benching. You will use more muslces trying to keep your arms straight. Do it on a regular bench and incline bench.
     
  9. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

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    Definitly will. Just google the different varieties of them.
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    All I do is swim and I think it's like spending 40% of your time doing cardio, 20% back, 20% abs, 10% chest, and 10% shoulders.....except swimming does it all in one exercise. ;)
     
  11. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a

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    Push-Up's + Cardio = a great very cheep workout. If you have not done them in a while be prepared to get sore. If you are not use to them you will find some muscles that you have not used in months, years, decades. The muscles will respond, just be prepared to be sore if you have not done them in a while. Another thing to remember, it is always better to be sore and keep going than wait till you are not sore. Remember no pain no gain. Stay fit!!

    Don't forget Pull-Up's!
     

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