Increasing push ups

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Increasing push ups
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Mon, 04-13-2009 - 7:45am

So, my son is testing for a black belt in TKD and needs to be able to do 50 perfect tricep push ups (up to 3 sets) whenever they ask and he'll be tired,






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Mon, 04-13-2009 - 8:00am

http://hundredpushups.com/

This, I presume, is for regular width pushups, but I'm sure you could modify the program for tricep pushups.

50 tricep pushups! That sounds tiring.





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Mon, 04-13-2009 - 8:07am

I'd forgotten about that program.






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Mon, 04-13-2009 - 9:40am
I would probably add some other body weight tricep exercises (like dips) just so he's working the entire muscle in a different way. I think it would give him better overall strength in that area.
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Mon, 04-13-2009 - 12:20pm
Hmm, I had been having him finish up after doing push ups with tricep dips. But, as I thought about it, I wasn't sure he needed to work the muscle in a different way.





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Mon, 04-13-2009 - 12:45pm

Well, I might be something entirely here, but it seems logical to me that in order to do be able to do that many push-ups, you'd do well to train that muscle in as many ways as possible. I understand his goal is not to increase strength necessarily but it would be challenging to train your body to do that many push-ups without increasing strength.

In other words, I think it's bad training to work on simply being able to do xxx number of anything.

To me, it seems logical to train that area as fully and completely as possible and it follows that the push-ups should be come easier. I would probably take out a day of the tricep push-ups and replace them with dips or another alternative.

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Mon, 04-13-2009 - 1:31pm
I'm still torn on whether it's better to spend time strengthening the muscle doing the activity or strengthening the muscles in different ways.





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Mon, 04-13-2009 - 1:43pm
I do. I think it will offset possible overtraining/overuse.
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Mon, 04-13-2009 - 3:42pm
That's a good point about overuse. Maybe Friday could be all dips. I can't wait until it's over. He has to break concrete.





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Tue, 04-14-2009 - 7:58am
Okay, the obvious--I asked my son what the limiting muscles were when he does push ups and it's the triceps. So, dips were a great idea.





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Tue, 04-14-2009 - 8:42am
I was once told by an instructor that you should always work opposing muscle groups.

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