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Old 04-03-2007, 08:48 AM   #1
Brett Tom
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Any thoughts on working heavy bench presses, like 5x5 or 7x3, to improve push up endurance?

I can do 100-120 pushups in any given wod, but after that I seem to hit a wall. Will working heavy benches improve this endurance? Do I just need to do a lot more pushups? I've started working in 3x20 pushups into my CFWU instead of the dips, but 100-120 still seems to be my limit. This is a handicap in wods like Cindy (?) where completing 20 rounds requires 200 pushups.
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:01 AM   #2
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Endurance is improved by working endurance. Maximal strength DOES confer benefits to endurance, but you will never realize that endurance unless you practice endurance.

Strength and endurance are pretty much on the opposite ends of the reps spectrum. If you practice for one the other will suffer; however, if you do both you can't optimally increase both obviously. Generally, if you're new and pretty weak it is best to go with strength first since endurance/conditioning can be developed relatively easily.
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:42 AM   #3
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gotta agree with Steven on this one.

I think you could improve your performance by adding ring push ups or other push up variations (swiss, bosu, unstable surfaces).

All the best,
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Old 04-03-2007, 12:44 PM   #4
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I found that doing Hindu (or Tiger) pushups improved my regular pushups, but can't guarantee it'll work for everyone. Another way is to add the "TV workout"...every time there's a commercial on TV, drop and knock out a set of 25-30, preferably while watching "24", or "The Unit"....:biggrin:
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:28 PM   #5
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Hmm. TV commercial pushups sound reasonable. Gives me a good reason to watch all the girly shows my GF likes.
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Old 04-03-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
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*cough* greasing the groove *cough, cough*

Yeah, the TV version of grease the groove is an easy way to increase your ability at any physical feat. Just make sure you look up "greasing the groove" (no links available, sorry, google it) to better understand what you are doing (thereby getting better gains).

Works great for anyone who watches TV .... oh wait, I don't watch TV ...... nevermind ..... :080402gudl_prv:
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:10 PM   #7
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How about everytime you get an e-mail at work? That will get the office talking.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:12 PM   #8
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I do 3 sets of 25 perfect pushups with every crossfit warmup in place of dips, since I am relatively better at dips anyway. My pushups have improved a lot as a result. Form makes a huge difference in pushups; super fast reps to 90 degree elbow bend are 10x easier than controlled reps touching the chest to the ground each time with a full lockout at top with a rigid torso.
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Old 04-03-2007, 04:30 PM   #9
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Yeah, I do all of push ups chest to deck, nice and controlled, full lock out. I recently tried doing them to 90deg elbow bend depth and just felt silly.

Jason, I think I get it. :-)
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Old 04-03-2007, 08:27 PM   #10
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If you don't have rings, make yourself a set of $20 pvc paralletes to add even more range to your pushups.

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