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Old 06-26-2004, 09:25 PM   #1
Kevin H
 
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I've been thinking about beginning a push-up program like crossfit suggests to be able to eventually do 100 push-ups. But can anyone give me an idea of what the fitness benefits are of being able to do lots and lots of push-ups over the twenty or so I can do now?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-26-2004, 11:12 PM   #2
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Kevin,

My best guess - to help you enhance your capacity for pressing in general and the handstand push-up (HSPU) specifically. Coach Glassman puts out many different goals for CrossFitters to shoot for. It's up to us to choose which one's to achieve. Such as

* 15 HSPU without the use of the wall
* Press to a handstand and then walk 100 feet on your hands
* 7 minute, 2000 meter row
* 3 minute L-sit
* 30 pull-ups
* 50 dips
* 5 consecutive trips up the rope without the use of the legs or feet

There are many standards of fitness out there. If you can complete all of the WOD's as prescribed in respectable time...to me...that is a good goal.
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Old 06-27-2004, 08:01 AM   #3
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Kevin,

Jon's advice is excellent and I too would reccomend that you keep your sights fixed on a more broad and ballanced goal suchlike Coach advocates and promotes through Crossfit.

Pushing power is of one the most basic strength movements we have and developing it will help you in many ways, from throwing a basketball at lightning speed to fighting.

100 pushups specifically means that you have developed significant muscular endurance on the pushing muscle group, are by now pretty lean, and have developed the rest of your muscles to a very good level. Without good stabilizers 100 pushups will prove to be impossible.

That said, it has always been in the back of my mind to do that many PU someday so I'm curious, what are some of you guys' records? I'm currently at 84.

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Old 06-27-2004, 04:11 PM   #4
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I did 107 when pushing for the 100 goal, but have since fallen back to about 80.
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Old 06-27-2004, 04:46 PM   #5
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Sorry for being ignorant, but whats a stabilizer?
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Old 06-27-2004, 05:17 PM   #6
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Alexander,
100 in 2 minutes is my best effort (last year); for this year's Air Force fitness test I did 71 in one minute.
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Old 07-19-2004, 03:27 AM   #7
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Kevin,

A stabilizer is a muscle/group of muscles that help your main muscle group to achieve your goal. In the press up, you use many more stabilizers than you would in say doing the bench press because your body needs to balance its self on just your hands and toes, as opposed to just lying on your back pushing up the heavy weight.
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Old 07-19-2004, 08:42 AM   #8
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I did 120 once in my Krav Maga class when we tested for max push-ups and sit-ups. Push-ups are a lot easier for me than pull-ups.
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