Received a great, great question from Gary in the U.S. (Montana??) on "rep numbers" when doing high rep bodyweight stuff.
He had other questions too, but I'll post the relevant one here -
(He's a "Zero to Hero!" buyer, so his other questions were in that regard)
"If I do 500 push-ups daily - when I can. Which is better.
Or, should I aim for doing more pulluups till Iget to my goal?"
And that was his question - and it's a great one!
(His goal in terms of pull-ups is 100 pull-ups a day, and he's bought the first book on pull-ups i.e. Pull-ups from DUD to STUD within a matter of WEEKS!)
Now, this is a great question again!
Back in the day when I was "el Tubbo", I used to do 500 pushups.
I set a goal to do them daily.
I didnt quite get there daily, but in 30 days (it was a month long goal) Id say I cranked out 500 on at least 25 or 26 of those days in my living room in the winter
I'd be sopping with sweat.
And I'd do them slower than I do now (in the 0 Excuses Fitness System I pound out 250 like nothing in 20 minutes flat, but remember - I didnt know what I do now back then - and remember - I was much fatter back then!) but I still DID 'em.
Pull-ups, I would do maybe 20-30 and be done with it.
I'd do 'em on thick bars outside . . .
In itself, this is a great lesson of who is truly big and who is truly FAT.
Or, a myth buster that "fat" guys cannot get in shape by doing tons of pull-ups.
But anyway, so if I had to choose?
Both great goals, both will get you in great shape.
If I had to choose?
Well, it's like a choice (my daughter once posed this question) - if I had to choose BEER or my daughter, which would I.
"Of course you, honey", I responded.
"But ... thats like asking me if I had to choose between breathing or drinking water!"
Of course, it isn't like that, but it is - sort of!
Same thing HERE.
BOTH goals should be there in your mind.
BOTH exercises should be uppermost, first and foremost!
And aim to get good - damn good - at BOTH!
Having said all that, if it's 500 pushups, ultimately, those make you stronger overall in a way pull-ups can't, and tax the entire body in a way pull-ups cannot, so I'd have to choose that
But tough one!
100 pull-ups a day gives you grip and core work like pushups - well, the grip part - and upper back part - and the PULLING MOTION cannot really replicate.
So, I dont know!
Do BOTH is what I would say ..
Last but not least, there is no "equivalent".
People say "1 pull-up equals 10 pushups" in terms of strength.
No it doesn't. It doesn't the other way around either.
Drop these asinine notions if you got 'em my friend.
I can make ONE pull-up tougher than a hundred press ups, or FIVE, an accepted number in "Jim Shim La La World" pushups way tougher than 50 pull-ups.
And so it goes, my friend.
Great question though - thanks for sending it in!
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