Originally Posted by Primate
You asked for pro/cons of the routine you posted.
Your training should be goal oriented.
The pros/cons of your routine will be determined by your goals.
If your goal is to get really good at doing lots of push ups, then that is a stellar routine.
If your goal is virtually anything other than that, then that routine is almost entirely pointless.
Pro - You'll get really good at push ups
Con - You'll only get really good at push ups
Okay. That at least gives me some more insight without being condescending. I agree that training should be goal oriented. As I said before, my goal was never to do a lot of push-ups just for the sake of doing a lot of push-ups. I just kept upping the reps over time because they were getting easier to do and I needed a way to make it more challenging. That's also why I threw in a bunch of different variations that are harder for me to do. And I thought the explosive nature of some of the push-up styles would help with explosiveness and/or speed and/or strength.
So the routine I posted won't help AT ALL with any of this? Wouldn't most of the push-up variations I posted be considered plyometric push-ups, which are supposed to help build explosiveness, speed, and strength? That's the part I'm still confused about. What specifically is it about the routine that would only help in doing a lot of push-ups and nothing else? I'm not trying to be a defensive dick. I'm genuinely interested in knowing why it won't help in the areas I mentioned above and what I can do differently.
So to sum everything up and put it more simply, I'm limited to bodyweight exercises, a medicine ball, and light DBs but would like a way to work out my chest to increase strength, and increased speed/explosiveness would be nice too. Any suggestions?