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Old 11-21-2010, 09:13 PM   #1
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:06 AM   #2
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Wait... doing 111 push-ups in 3 min is extraordinary? Know a guy who did 110 push-ups in 60 sec
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:37 AM   #3
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Wait... doing 111 push-ups in 3 min is extraordinary? Know a guy who did 110 push-ups in 60 sec
I've never understood how this is possible. If you do an actual pushup (chest down to the ground then back up to arms near lockout) how is it physically possible to nearly 2 a second? Unless of course you're talking about the silly half pushups I see most people do, shoulders down to elbow level then back up.
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:57 AM   #4
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I've never understood how this is possible. If you do an actual pushup (chest down to the ground then back up to arms near lockout) how is it physically possible to nearly 2 a second? Unless of course you're talking about the silly half pushups I see most people do, shoulders down to elbow level then back up.
Hey, i was there and he did it. He´s a freak of nature.
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:06 PM   #5
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I've done 98 in one minute before, but they weren't all the way down and up so don't really count.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:24 PM   #6
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You need to take into account how big the person is. The smaller the person is the less impressive.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:39 PM   #7
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I've never understood how this is possible. If you do an actual pushup (chest down to the ground then back up to arms near lockout) how is it physically possible to nearly 2 a second? Unless of course you're talking about the silly half pushups I see most people do, shoulders down to elbow level then back up.
Ive done over 100 pushups before in one go and I was doing them pretty fast so I think I was probably doing around 1-1.5 per second on average.

Just tried to do full pushups, elbows locked out, chest touch the floor and busted out 10 in 6 seconds. Just a case of maintaining that same speed for 100 reps I guess, which can easily be done with some practice.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:41 PM   #8
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You need to take into account how big the person is. The smaller the person is the less impressive.
But isn't the whole point of bodyweight exercise is that its relative to your size? A bigger man should be stronger than a smaller man so despite carrying more weight, it should be relatively the same level of difficulty.

To an extent I guess...
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But isn't the whole point of bodyweight exercise is that its relative to your size? A bigger man should be stronger than a smaller man so despite carrying more weight, it should be relatively the same level of difficulty.

To an extent I guess...
A bigger man should be stronger than a smaller man, yes. However, strength and weight go up at a different pace. If size is X, then weight = X^3 (heightxlenghtxdepth=volume=weight..approximately). The force you can exert with your muscles is more like a X^2 or quadratic function. This means that with size, weight goes up quicker than strength.

This is why insects can fly and lift hundreds of times their body while we can not. Look at tour de france cyclists. They have to lift themselves over mountains.. the best climbers are always very lanky. You don't see bodybuilders on a bike or powerlift equivalents cuz power/endurance to weight ratio is not favorable.

You can see this also in weight lifting records. in the below 56 kg the combined world record is 305 kg. for the highest weight class, over 105 kg.. where you have men way over double 56 kg competing the world record is "only" 472 kg. So men way over twice as heavy only lift a tiny bit over 1.5 times the below 56 kg men.

In short, flyweights do pushups way easier than heavyweights.

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Old 11-22-2010, 11:51 PM   #10
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Touching your chest to the ground doesn't mean much, get your chest low, within 2 inches to touching. Nearly locking out the elbows is important, locking them out fully puts more stress on the joint than is necessary for the effort.
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Old 11-23-2010, 12:51 AM   #11
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Use to do a re****ed amount of push ups...like 150 + without stopping in god knows how long, but quick. Also did a re****ed amount of crunches too. Plus jogged 5 miles a day, every day. Because I was essentially stupid (and 13 yrs old) and that was all i knew and was told to do.

Ended up being about 4% bodyfat and constantly hurt.

Meh, push ups are a good thing to do, especially clap push ups or variations for explosiveness and conditioning, but putting up huge numbers in fast times can be rather pointless. Hopefully anyone doing them is considering it just a small part of the overall bodywork conditioning required for this sport. Not to mention the recovery process necessary also.
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:42 PM   #12
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Should we be doing this challange?

The standards on that page don't seem that impressive from a boxing point of view.

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A bigger man should be stronger than a smaller man, yes. However, strength and weight go up at a different pace. If size is X, then weight = X^3 (heightxlenghtxdepth=volume=weight..approximately). The force you can exert with your muscles is more like a X^2 or quadratic function. This means that with size, weight goes up quicker than strength.

This is why insects can fly and lift hundreds of times their body while we can not. Look at tour de france cyclists. They have to lift themselves over mountains.. the best climbers are always very lanky. You don't see bodybuilders on a bike or powerlift equivalents cuz power/endurance to weight ratio is not favorable.

You can see this also in weight lifting records. in the below 56 kg the combined world record is 305 kg. for the highest weight class, over 105 kg.. where you have men way over double 56 kg competing the world record is "only" 472 kg. So men way over twice as heavy only lift a tiny bit over 1.5 times the below 56 kg men.

In short, flyweights do pushups way easier than heavyweights.
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But isn't the whole point of bodyweight exercise is that its relative to your size? A bigger man should be stronger than a smaller man so despite carrying more weight, it should be relatively the same level of difficulty.

To an extent I guess...

i agree with this, just because someone is bigger doesnt mean they will be slower. Big people can be explosive too. small people are usuall weak and cant even do push ups. Bodyweight makes it a even test.
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i agree with this, just because someone is bigger doesnt mean they will be slower. Big people can be explosive too. small people are usuall weak and cant even do push ups. Bodyweight makes it a even test.
Actually it does mean that. When all else is equal (talent, conditioning, nutrition etc.) the bigger man will always be slower since the maximum force the muscle can muster goes up at a lower pace than the weight with size.

Of course this doesn't mean that there aren't any fast big people. However, the fastest heavyweight will always be slower than the fastest flyweight, purely because the maximum strength to mass ratio will be lower at high body weights.
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