Follow up to 200 Pushups in 5 Minutes

I know, it’s been awhile since I blogged but, August was a busy month and had a number of projects that I was working on and it’s the last full month of summer and just wanted to soak it all in.

But, it’s back to the grind since Labor Day is only a few days away.

I mentioned awhile back about how I was doing 200 pushups in 5 minutes where basically I was spreading the pushups out over the course of the day and not just doing them in one session.

I continued doing this for a few weeks and I thought it worked great.

I changed things up a bit. Three days a week I would do pushups, and 3 days a week I would do pullups.

With the pullups, I didn’t quite do 200 of them in a day. With pushups, you can do them anywhere, but with a pullup, you obviously need to have a pullup bar and since I’m on the go most of the day, I’m limited to when I can do pullups when I’m home and have access to my Iron Gym.

So I started off with just doing 50 pullups throughout the day. I would do 10 sets of 5.

After a couple of weeks of doing 200 pushups, 3 days a week and 50 pullups, 3 days a week, I add more to each exercise: I increased the number of repetitions per set of pushups that I was doing from 10 to 15 and the number of repetitions per set of pullups from 5 to 7. So I ended up doing 300 pushups a day, 3 days a week, and 70 pullups a day, 3 days a week.

I was really impressed by how simple this routine was, how it doesn’t take long, and quite frankly, how great the results are for your upper body by just following these two simple movements.

I’m really starting to think that if you just used these two movements, added in some interval training, got your diet in line, that you wouldn’t need much else.

So just remember to try and not complicate things too much. Stick with the basics, eat better (and less food if fat loss is your goal), and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.

If you haven’t already, give this routine of pushups and pullups (if you have a pullup bar) a try for a couple of weeks and let me know how it goes.

Mike Navin, CSCS


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