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Push-ups? - June 21st 2012, 02:35 AM

So I'm like a really weak guy.
Totally out of shape and I've been trying to do a little exercise here and there Nd I just can't do a pushup. I looked it up on YouTube and everything but I can't bring my body all the way down.
Any tips? Other Ways to strengthen myself, maybe enough to be able to do a pushup?


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Re: Push-ups? - June 21st 2012, 03:56 AM

Push ups do take time. When I was also around your age I couldn't go down half way..lol

Right now try to target the muscles that is used with push ups (bi-ceps, tricecps, traps; chest for some people). Try simple easy excersizes for each muscle; curling a small text book for biceps, doing dips off your bed for triceps and swimming (if applicable) for your traps. Each time they seem to easy use heavier objects or try to go down lower. As those key muscles get worked soon push ups will come naturally!


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Re: Push-ups? - June 21st 2012, 05:37 AM

You're not going to be able to do a push-up without much muscle strengthening exercises and some endurance. For example, before starting martial arts as well as weight training at home and using a heavy and speed bags, I'd have trouble doing a few sit-ups, let alone a few push-ups. Now, after 2-3 hours of hard sparring, I can manage to do around 90 sit-ups and roughly the same amount of push-ups on my knuckles.

You'll have to start with very basic and light weight-lifting, or perhaps even objects as Rise suggested with textbooks. You also have to continuously do this, that is, you cant expect from an hour of lifting a light dumbbell or textbook to be able to do a few push-ups. If you're having trouble finding suitable exercises, you can always try to join a sport, either in or out of school.


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Re: Push-ups? - June 21st 2012, 11:27 AM

Simplify it to start with. Most people would say "go on your knees". Seriously, don't. It doesn't build the core stabilising muscles you need to maintain the correct form.

My advice: straddle (have wide apart) your legs, and same with your arms. It's easier because you're now spread over a wider base. Gradually bring them in closer as you get stronger, e.g., when you can do 20 - 30 comfortably like that.

Also, do press-ups standing up against a wall if you're really that bad. It builds the same muscles and forms a progression, so you can lower the angle and increase the strength needed as you get better - like, start against a wall, then have your hands on a chair/bench, then on a step or two, then down on the ground.

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Re: Push-ups? - June 21st 2012, 11:55 AM

Try the road to one hundred push ups

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Re: Push-ups? - June 21st 2012, 02:58 PM

I'd say do the pushups on your knees. But if you do that, you're going to have to do something to strengthen your stomach (abs) at the same time.

It's how I started out at about 12/13 years of age I think. So here's what I suggest:

1. Do push ups, whilst leaning on your knees for support
2. Do leg raises (not sit-ups) to increase the strength in your stomach

Proper leg raises can be quite difficult for a complete beginner. It involves lying flat on your back with your legs out in front, and lifting your legs in the air. Do not lift them so far that they go over your head. You should lift them about 90 degrees. If you can't lift both legs because it's too hard, you can try bending your legs at the knees to bring them in and doing it like that (it should be easier then). If that's still to difficult, you can try just lifting one leg at a time.

Doing push-ups against a wall are also good. That's already been suggested and described pretty well though.

Please, if you do the push-ups I suggested (on your knees), do some exercises on your stomach... otherwise it's disproportionate. Also, in the long term you should look into developing other muscle groups too, such as lower back, upper back, biceps, legs, etc. I made a mistake of building my press-ups to a ridiculously high amount whilst struggling to curl 10kg lol (involving biceps and back muscles). The long term effects of something like that can be such as developing a crooked spine, muscle cramps in antagonistic muscles etc.

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Re: Push-ups? - July 2nd 2012, 06:31 PM

I agree with what everyone else is saying. If you have any of those handheld weights, you can start with those to help build up you upper arms, chest, shoulder strength. While doing those on the side, try doing pushups while on your knees. Planks will also help build some strength in your core and upper body.




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Re: Push-ups? - July 2nd 2012, 06:58 PM

Yeah, everyone else seems to have it right. Push ups take a considerable amount of muscular strength and endurance? Do you know how many girls can't do push ups cause so many girls don't work out their arm/chest/shoulder muscles.
Any ways, you should just start doing various weight lifting exercises, things that will build the shoulder, arm and chest muscles, you can easily buy a few sets of weights, lots of them are around $30 so you can just buy one or 2 sets at a time, and just buy more as needed instead of forking out for weights you can't lift right away. Though if you have access to it, it may be more practical to get a gym membership and a session or 2 with a trainer
   
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PROTIEN SHAKESSS. There really expensive in my part of England. But my dad has them and he says there good. Or you can buy the big tubs of powder which you can add to drinks. Thats how the males in ma family got there muscles.

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Just count in your head, UP. DOWN. UP. DOWN.
And remember, the more push ups you do, the man- leir you will become.

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Re: Push-ups? - July 3rd 2012, 08:21 PM

"Elbow pushups" are a good way to build up to being able to do push ups. Get in push up position and insted of bending your elbows, you go down so that your elbow-forearms are on the ground (one at a time), then go back to push up position and then go back down to your elbow-forearm. Alternate which arms are going up/ down first. I hope that description made sense. Lol. Good luck!


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Re: Push-ups? - July 3rd 2012, 09:34 PM

There's an app for that, no seriously there is. It's called 100 pushups.



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Re: Push-ups? - July 5th 2012, 02:41 PM

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Re: Push-ups? - July 7th 2012, 11:16 PM

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !

So, there are soooooooooo many things to work your hest and tris and anteriors, go the gym, there are flys, there re chest presses and even at home, just getting a bench and two dumbells.

I started training five months ago and I couldn't do shit, I could not do five pushups but development takes time . Pushups ain't the only exercise you can do. It's like saying "I'm so weak, I can't bench press". I lost seven and a half percent body fat before I learnt how do pushups and benchng properly.


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