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9 Ways to Change Up Your Pushups and Strengthen Your Chest

Muscle and Fitness Logo By Eric Velazquez of Muscle and Fitness | Slide 1 of 9: What tends to happen for many people—even if they’re doing them regularly—is that they perform the same amount of pushups from workout to workout. Even if you’re doing multiple sets of, say, 20 reps, you are missing out on the benefits of pushing the envelope. This is inherently limiting and doesn’t increase performance. If you truly want to keep your pushup life exciting—you know, productive and stuff—you should try going for max reps every other workout.  After a few warm-up sets—done well short of failure—get down and see how many pushups you can do before reaching complete muscle failure. The next day soreness will remind you what the pushup is all about. Keep track of this number and look to add 2-3 reps every time you test yourself.

Go for Max Reps

What tends to happen for many people—even if they’re doing them regularly—is that they perform the same amount of pushups from workout to workout. Even if you’re doing multiple sets of, say, 20 reps, you are missing out on the benefits of pushing the envelope. This is inherently limiting and doesn’t increase performance. If you truly want to keep your pushup life exciting—you know, productive and stuff—you should try going for max reps every other workout.  After a few warm-up sets—done well short of failure—get down and see how many pushups you can do before reaching complete muscle failure. The next day soreness will remind you what the pushup is all about. Keep track of this number and look to add 2-3 reps every time you test yourself.

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