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Ah, good, mike m chimed in with another of his content-free, ad hominem, straw man posts.
In any case, I'll expand a bit. Yes, of course high rep push ups are an expression of strength endurance, not pure strength. But Bird Dog here often details the large amount of cardio and calisthenics he does on a regular basis. Therefore I was a bit surprised that he couldn't reach the fitness benchmark he noted in his post. As endurance in his case would less likely be the issue, maybe it's his strength. Plus, I was just curious how he was progressing on his strength, as he noted a while ago he was focusing on building strength during this training cycle.
I just my pushups today. In the last hour of work I did three sets, 40, 35 and 35--on my knuckles, because of a sprained wrist.
That is 8040 for the year (that I've counted. I may have missed a set or two). That's an average of 103 a day (I've taken a couple days off, and I'm building a reserve in case I want/need to take more).
I have the pushup bars as noted. I use them sometimes. They are kinder on the wrist.
I like knuckle pushups because it reinforces a kinesthetic alignment that is good for martial arts.
Building stronger muscles--IF you are doing the endurance workouts elsewhere WILL help, especially in something where you only have to do it for a short time--and 60 seconds is a short time.
But we know (because he's said it) that Bird Dog DOES do some sort of weight lifting. From what I remember of his program it's a little light, but he's elderly :)
Because of the sprained wrist I can't do any push exercises (except the pushups) and was having pain doing deadlifts and rows once the weight got over 160. So I stopped for a while.
BD probably needs to eat more easy to digest proteins. It's one of the things that gets harder as you age (either digestion, or amino acid absorption.)
Does anyone else have a problem with the handles not staying in place when they do pushups? I have a very bad wrist from a bicycle accident years ago and have not been able to do pushups well since (wrist can't rotate enough). Tried using handles but they kept slipping.