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How to Grow Your Chest with Only Push Ups (Is it Possible?)

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Learn how to grow your chest with only push ups with this routine from Jeremy Ethier.

How to Grow Your Chest with Only Push Ups

“Can you build a big chest with push ups? Yes, you can. In this video, I’m going to share with you how you can build a massive chest by using push ups only. First, we’ll do a test to determine your current push up level, then we’ll go through how to pick the right push up variations based on that, and then complete your push up workout with 2 key exercises to speed up your gains. By the end, you’ll not only know how to build your chest muscles (fast) using just push ups, but also have a personalized weekly push-ups routine.”

How to Grow Your Chest with Only Push Ups

“Step 1 of building your push up workout: assess your current push up level. First, warm-up. If you’re able to do push-ups, this is where you’ll want to do a few sets of 2-3 push-ups to get your body warmed up. Too difficult for a warm-up? You can do wall push-ups instead. After your warm-up, rest for about 2-3 minutes before the push-up test. When you’re ready, do as many push-ups as you can. Note down how many you get and see which level you fall under. Level 1 is if you got between 1-10 push-ups. Level 2 is if you got between 11-30 push-ups. Level 3 is if you got more than 30 push-ups.”

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How to Grow Your Chest with Only Push Ups

“Step 2 is learning the push up variations suitable for your level to use in day 1 of your routine. For those in the 1-10 group, we’ll use the incline push ups that will require you to lift less of your bodyweight, making it easier for you to do. Simply perform your push-ups on an elevated platform and use a height that allows you to do 3 sets of 6-8 reps. For those in the 11-30 group, take the number of push-ups you can do in a row and take 70% of that. For those in the 30+ group, you’re going to use a slightly harder variation called hand release pushups. We’ll aim for 3 sets of half the number of what your max push-ups in a row number was from step 1. To perform it, get into a normal push-up set up, slowly come all the way down until your chest is resting on the ground, take your hands off the ground, place them back, and then continue a normal push-up.”

How to Grow Your Chest with Only Push Ups

“Let’s now proceed to day 2, your strength day, which will further help you build a massive chest by (still) only using push ups. For the 1-10 group, you’ll use a variation that’s focused on the “downward” portion of the pushup. We’ll do 5 sets of just 1 rep of this variation. For the 11-30 group, for strength you’re going to do the hand release push ups mentioned earlier. For the 30+ group, we’ll want to do a variation that makes you lift more weight than you would with normal push-ups. We’ll do 3 sets of 50% of your max number of push-ups. To perform it, start in a normal push-up position, but come down to one hand instead of straight down. This shifts more of your bodyweight to one arm to increase the difficulty. Push back up using that one hand and then switch to the other hand for the next rep.”

How to Grow Your Chest with Only Push Ups

“For day 3 all groups are going to do something called EMOM push-ups. To perform it, take 50% of your max pushups number. Then, using a timer, every minute for a total of 5 minutes you’re going to perform that number of push-ups.”

How to Grow Your Chest with Only Push Ups

“Now it’s time to finish off your routine by adding 2 key movements that will speed up your push-up gains. When it comes to how to build your chest muscles (fast) using just push ups, this is ultimately key. The first is the shoulder tap, which will focus on strengthening these core muscles while integrating your shoulder, triceps, and chest muscles as well. The last exercise will add more volume to your routine while improving your push-ups power by focusing on the triceps. To perform it, you’ll do a standard push-up but with your hands placed closer together at about shoulder width apart. Based on your strength level, you can do these on an incline to make it easier or on a decline to make it more difficult. adjust the incline or decline of the movement based on your strength level like we did earlier with the standard push-up.”

How to Grow Your Chest with Only Push Ups

“This routine is a lot of volume for your chest and triceps and should replace all of the chest and triceps exercises you’re currently doing. After starting the routine, every couple of weeks re-test how many push-ups you can do in a row. Once you graduate from one level, switch over your routine to the next level. Hopefully, at this point, you know clearly that you can definitely build a big chest with just push ups.”

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