Can Doing Push Ups Everyday Build Muscle Mass?
Will doing push ups every day help you to build a bigger chest?
The simple answer to this question is no.
The reason why this doesn’t work is due to your body requiring a certain amount of time to recover and rebuild.
When you workout either in the gym or at home you cause micro-tears in your muscle. From these micro-tears your body rebuilds to make them better and stronger for the next time.
The average wait and recovery time after training a muscle group is 48 hours.
This time frame will give your body enough time to rebuild and grow for you next training session involving that muscle group.
Training your chest with push up every day will not give your body enough time to get bigger and stronger.
Building A Bigger Chest With Push ups
If you want to utilize the benefits of doing push ups than it would be better to do them on intensely your chest training day.
Following your chest training day you can do 3 sets of 10-15 reps in the morning with a slow controlled movement.
This will help to pump more blood and oxygen into your chest speeding up its recovery. But be careful not to over work your chest, that is why only 3 sets of slow controlled reps is better.
Two days following your chest workout you can do another more intense push up workout because your body would have had enough time to repair the micro-tears.
Doing 5 sets of repetitions until failure will help exhaust your chest again.
Body weight training exercises also help to develop strength because you are using your own body weight to make your body stronger.
Push Ups To Target Different Muscle Groups
You can change the way you do push ups to target different upper body muscle groups.
For example changing the positions of your hands can greatly effect different muscle groups as you do a push up.
See the chart below:
Having a closer hand stance with your palms flat will target more of your triceps while rotating your hands outward but keeping them close together will target your rear deltoids.
Give some of these push ups a try and let us know what you think in the comment section below: