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    Can you build a big chest doing push ups?

    I just cant get my chest to grow doing bench exercises. I want a bigger upper chest. Do u think push ups will help me pack on more chest muscle
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    Compared to the alternatives, no. Hit the dumbbells, inclines and declines. I'd stay away from the cables for awhile. What was your routine like that you were using when you "just couldn't" grow? How long have you been on it?
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    the reason being the overload presented to the chest during the workout never changes. You are applying the same force to your tris and chest during every pushup. so no adaptation will take place (thus no hypertrophy).

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    I bet you're overtraining. What is your routine?

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    Yes thats what everybody told me. I use to bench press 6 times a week! And then cut it to once a week. I tried the Max OT program for awhile ( basically 4-6 reps if u want to see growth they stay) I did that for a month and my bench went up damn near 25 pounds. 160-185. But I was still the same size thinking it only effected my triceps and shoulders. I currently dont have a rountine, I dont know what the fuck to do.
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    try some DB flyes also they isolate the chest and u can get a good judgment of your chest strength because your tri's aren't doing any work for you.

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    Do you really think a pushup is that significantly different from a bench press? The weight will certainly be FAR less. Paul Demayo was criticized for having a weak chest, some people just have weak points, like calves which are common.

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    There could be other variables controlling this. What does your diet look like? Are you maxing out every week? You are probably overtraining. Throw some DB's in there somewhere. Weighted dips.

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    If he feels other things are growing though then its probably not dietary (only half way eluded to above).

    If you are benching very high on the chest it hits my arms hard, I dont bench anywhere near the nipple on a flat bench. I only bench high on an incline.

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    guarenteed you don't know how to contract your chest muscles when doing any kind of chest exericise, be it benching or pushups. You hafta literally SQUEEZE your pecs to raise yourself, not just push (that puts most of the strain on your shoulders)

    first learn how to contract your pecs, then they'll grow.
    so yes, they can grow by doing pushups.
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    Bodyweight simply will not be enough to stress the chest enough to make it bigger. Like the others have mentioned, look at your diet and make sure your getting the right amount of calories/protein etc and your not burning up too many. Chop and change your routine, do power movements one week then higher rep ranges etc the next, always use different training techniques so the chest (and this applies to all muscle groups) can never fully adapt to the workload placed on it so it has no choice but to keep growing (until you reach ones genetic limit -this'll change depending on age, metabolism etc). Check out Gopros training routine thread somewhere on here, that pretty well accomodates all of the above. My chest never grew till I started swapping bench for dumbells, decline for weighted dips etc. It'll work mate, just be accurate with cals and training. Good luck

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    I know diet isnt a problem because my other muscles or growing. The problem is I just cant get a pump in my chest only my triceps and shoulders (which is starting to take its toll) I've tried neck presses, but they hurt my shoulders even more. This weekand at the gym I'm going to try a wider grip. I am confused about were I should bring the bar down to (nipple, collarbone, or inbetween?) They say it works your upper chest more if u bring it down to your collarbone, but I still feel nothing. Do you really have to contract your pecs during bench? I've never done it before because I throught it did it by itself. I'll try that two. The only growth I've seen in my chest was from push ups which stopped after like 4 months. When I first started benching I did 95lb. Now I do 185 and My chest is 100% the same as which I started and thats y I dont think if I keep moving up itll have to grow, when my triceps and shoulders could just keep getting stronger. I'm about to kill myself trying to find something that works!
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    Did you try dumbbells? A wider grip will hit your shoulders even more.

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    get the hint foo, use dumbells in your routine, 6x a week benchpressing is alot dogg.

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