Question by jim_007: Are push ups a good exercise to build the chest and shoulders?
I am a slim guy. I started doing push ups last week..can’t afford a gym membership. I want to get built,especially in the chest and shoulders area quickly..I am eating a lot and taking adequate rest.
Should push ups be enough to have a fit and well built upper body? i am doing two form of pushups – wide and normal pushups. 3 sets-5 reps each….3-4 days a week. How soon can I see results?
Answer by Lewis M
Yes push ups are the best chest, shoulder, and triceps exercise without weights. However, if you’re looking for a fully well built upper body, you’re gonna have to do something about your biceps and forearms (I recommend pull ups/chin ups), your abdominal’s (sit ups/crunches work) and your trapezius muscle [I recommend inverted push ups (put your body in a hand stand position against a wall and do push ups that way)] that way you completely build your upper body and you don’t start getting disproportionate. Also I recommend doing another form of push ups, the diamond push ups (put your thumbs and index fingers together during push ups which will help build your arms and shoulders). And lastly, it’s not about how much you’re eating, it’s about eating properly. It doesn’t matter how much you eat, if it’s the wrong stuff you won’t improve. You want to take in lots of protein, vitamins, and minerals to make the most of building muscle, giving you extra energy to take your workout further, and just staying in good shape in general. And finally, you’ll want to increase your repetitions every week or so. The faster you increase, the faster you get built. I don’t know how old you are, but you should be able to do 3 sets of 10 with relative ease.
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