How Many Pushups Should You Do In A Day?

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How Many Pushups Should You Do In A Day?

Pushups are a great way to increase one’s strength, build muscle, and improve stamina. How many pushups you should do depends largely on your fitness and how many you are able to do before your arms lose the ability to support your body. Repeating more sets of pushups help in reaching fitness goals faster and so does doing variations of pushups. It’s important to start slow and build your stamina as you progress.

Weight reduction, strength building, increasing muscle mass. It doesn’t matter what your fitness goals are, trust the constant in your exercise regime to be pushups. The fact that pushups are so popular among fitness freaks itself is an endorsement to its effectiveness. Going by names like press ups, floor dips, etc push-up is an exercise performed in a face-down lying position and requires you to raise and lower your body using the arms. The most significant thing about push up exercises is that while it is the chest and upper body muscles that are primarily targeted in this exercise, the support required from the other muscles of the body mean that a wider range of muscles is exercised.1

While you may come across people who say pushups should not be done every day, think of the military. Boot camps have used all types of pushups every day in their daily exercise regimen. Whether as proper exercise or as punishment, inmates are required to do enormous numbers of pushups daily. And they are always at their best physical form.

How Many Pushups Are Good For You?

Honestly, there are no set rules and the number of pushups depends entirely on each one’s physical stamina and strength. An average 25-year-old male who is healthy is believed to be able to complete 39 push-ups, while the same person with a higher level of fitness should be able to complete 54 or more. The average 50-year-old man, if he is healthy, should be able to do 21 pushups.

How about women then? Well, if you are eager to bring the bar really low, hold on. Do you remember Michelle Obama beating Ellen DeGeneres at a pushup contest in her show by doing 25 push-ups without breaking a sweat? Well, Michelle Obama was 48 then. So if you are a 25-year-old female, you can do better than that!

Do As Many As Your Arms Can Support

If you are looking at building muscle, especially chest muscle, pushup is one of the best body-weight exercises. As studies have shown, pushups can build up your shoulder and chest muscles considerably.2

To build muscle mass, you will need to push yourself hard. According to experts, the number of pushups you must do is the number of pushups your arms can support. It’s as simple as that. Do your best every single day and wait for the result to show. Always keep in mind that keeping the hands in a narrow base position rather than a wider base position is better to induce greater muscle activation.3

Try More Sets And Variations

If your goal, however, is to build stamina or achieve a fitness goal, you will need to do more sets of pushups with fewer reps in them. For this, you will first need to identify your fatigue point and then do two reps less than this number. Which means that if your fatigue point is 30 pushups a day, do only 28 in each set and make sure you rest between sets. Then, every few days you should increase this number by one till you achieve your goal.

No matter what your goal is, remember to try variations because exercising muscles to the point that they will grow is difficult. It becomes tougher over time as the body begins to adapt to the exercise regimen. This is where the many pushup variations will come in handy.4

Beginners Can Start Off With Wall Pushups

If you are a total beginner, you might do well to start off with wall pushups. Once you are comfortable with that, move on to doing pushups on an inclined plane. From there, move to doing it with knees supported on the ground and then finally you can graduate to full pushups. Remember, that getting here is going to take time and effort and dedication. While three sets of 12 push-ups are considered ideal, you are not going to get there right away. Even if you manage only three or four full pushups, it is good enough for a beginner. But don’t stop there. Continue to do the full set with your knees on the ground and aim to increase your numbers every day till you reach that desired 12.

Pushups Alone Cannot Help You Lose Weight

Remember that pushups are a type of calisthenics exercise. Calisthenics exercises do not burn calories as well as cardiovascular exercises. So, if you are hoping that pushups alone will help you lose weight, you are going to be quite disappointed.

References   [ + ]

1.Beach, Tyson AC, Samuel J. Howarth, and Jack P. Callaghan. “Muscular contribution to low-back loading and stiffness during standard and suspended push-ups.” Human Movement Science 27, no. 3 (2008): 457-472.
2.Youdas, James W., Brian D. Budach, Jay V. Ellerbusch, Craig M. Stucky, Kevin R. Wait, and John H. Hollman. “Comparison of muscle-activation patterns during the conventional push-up and perfect· pushup™ exercises.” The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 24, no. 12 (2010): 3352-3362.
3.Cogley, Robert M., Teasha A. Archambault, Jon F. Fibeger, Mandy M. Koverman, James W. Youdas, and John H. Hollman. “Comparison of muscle activation using various hand positions during the push-up exercise.” The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research 19, no. 3 (2005): 628-633.
4. Lear, Leslie Jeanne, and Michael T. Gross. “An electromyographical analysis of the scapular stabilizing synergists during a push-up progression.” Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy 28, no. 3 (1998): 146-157.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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