So I did this push-up routine out of Men's Health, and it worked incredibly (for me) As some of you may know, I really hurt my back at the beginning of this school year. I've had a bulging disc in my L4-L5 vertebrae and have done absolutely NO exercising. I put on 20lbs when I was already 240 and supposed to be losing weight. This past week I finally looked in the mirror and got my motivation back so I've been walking a couple miles a day, body squats with a stability ball against a wall for back support and doing several ab movements + basic preacher curls (I don't have anything besides an EZcurl bar, barbell, dumbbells, and about 160lbs in free weights.) Well I started doing pushups too and quickly realized just how much strength I have lost. A year ago I could do 80-90 pushups in a row and DB press a set of 75's. This past sunday I struggled to do 20 push ups in a row SO I read this article that said "Do these sets through the week and in 1 week you will be able to do substancially more pushups than the last week."