Are pushups a good pre-workout before weight lifting?
It depends on what you're doing afterwards.
Push-ups will do two things.
- They'll warm up your chest, shoulders, triceps and all the joints and tendons in between.
- They'll get your heart-rate up and get the blood flowing through your torso
So - if after a set of push-ups, the plan is to do some form of bench pressing or over-head pressing - then yes, push-ups are great to do.
But - if you're going to squat, lunge, jump and dead-lift afterwards - push-ups are probably just a waste of time.
When it comes to warming up, follow these two rules:
- Make sure you get your heart rate up, so your blood is flowing and your muscles are receiving fresh oxygen
- Make sure your warm up targets the muscles and joints you're going to use while lifting weights
These two basic rules will allow you to choose appropriate warm-up exercises for your different workout days.
Using these rules, you could do the following.
- Leg Day - Body weight squats, lunges, jumps
- Chest Day - Pushups
- Back Day - Pullups, Inverted Rows
- Shoulder Day - Pushups, Dips
- Arms Day - Pushups, Pullups, Dips
It's pretty straight forward.