You don't understand. I don't think I've ever been able to do 30-40 pushups in one go.
Originally Posted by El Macho
Yeah. Whenever I took a break from lifting (flu, final exams, etc.) I always got back into it with a few days of BW exercises beforehand.
I think you should do a lot more bodyweight exercises (push ups, pull ups, duck walks, bodyweight jumping squats and lunges) for a while to get your body into gear again... provided you sleep and eat well.
It will be at least two years before I do any MA. Right now I'm an undergrad with no time to attend class. =/
In fact, I throw the push ups in between of almost everything I do (specially squats, deadlifts and cleans), and I've found it has helped me better for rolling than just weight lifting alone.
I've never had much endurance, hiatus or not.
Poop, you should take a look at that clip as well as try to get a copy of Ross Enamait' books. Your problem (I think) seems more fundamental than just not being able to lift after being on a long hiatus.