Reps or Sets?

#1
hi guys
just wondering the best method of increasing pushups+situps, is it better to do 3 sets of 10 then the next week, 4 sets of 10 etc Or is it better to do 3 sets of 10 then the next week 3 sets of 15 etc?
thanks in advance
jack
 
#2
Personally i would say keep the sets the same and increase the reps, works for me, i think it will work either way really. I find that if you do more reps than sets you get more of a burn and then more of an ache in the morning, which has always been a way of ones body saying im working my muscles.
 
#4
Im working my pressups myself now (I had it up to 50, then took 2 weeks with the ACF and can only do 30... grr)

I increased by 5, but I was working from being uber lazy to being uber unlazy...

5 is a good number if you find 10 tough... 10 is a big number of reps really, many people cant manage that I know! (Its also a crap number, but hey :p)
 
#5
hi AT
at the moment I can do 10 quite happily although by the 3rd set im lucky to get 6, hopefully by the end of this week ill be able to do 3 sets of 10, next week ill go up by 5 as you suggested,
thanks
jack
 
#6
If you can only do 10 press-ups then i would suggest doing as much as you can physically do without hurting yourself. Would suggest getting down and pumping out a quick 20 everytime your watching TV and the ads come on or something
 
#9
That 'set of 20' during TV adverts is good to increase your ability to do press-ups.
But when you get to the stage when 20 isnt too difficult, you should start structuring the exercise better and doing say 3-5 sets of 20 press-ups in one sitting
 
#10
hi armed
yer before the 20 during ad break I was doing 4 sets of 10 with a 30 sec break. My pecs are killing me today, watched two movies last night both with ads, but the thing is, towards the end when it was almost painful to do 10 I actually liked the pain, it motivated me!
 
#15
Jack06 said:
hi armed
yer before the 20 during ad break I was doing 4 sets of 10 with a 30 sec break. My pecs are killing me today, watched two movies last night both with ads, but the thing is, towards the end when it was almost painful to do 10 I actually liked the pain, it motivated me!
Sounds like your 'breaking your pecs in' so to speak, keep it up an dont over do it. by that i mean if a muscle aches such as your chest dont try an beast it further cos you could end up fcukin yourself up.

BTW make sure you do press-ups with hands in line with shoulders elbows tucked in!!!

A_A_D
 
#19
I found I could bang out 60 in a single set if elbows out,
try to keep the elbows in and work to the sae number!
My apparent fitness was much lower than i had previously thought.
(that is nose and bell end on the ground I might add.
 

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