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Re: Push ups
« Reply #50 on: October 04, 2004, 22:17:46 »
Keep doing them. That's about it.
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Re: Push ups
« Reply #51 on: October 04, 2004, 22:20:53 »
Keep doing them. That's about it.

I agree...that is pretty much the only way to improve.

Do as many as you can, then take a break, and do it again.  Try that several times a day.  Try and break your previous days record.

Dont quote me on that...I am not a physical fitness instructor or anything.  And make sure you dont overdo it, you could end up doing more damage than good.

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #52 on: October 04, 2004, 22:25:22 »
During the summer, me and the other guys in my tent had a goal of increasing teh number of pushups a day we did by 10. I forgot wat number we started at was, but i think it was aroun 20 or 30. We finished up at about 80 or 90 a night straight.
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Re: Push ups
« Reply #53 on: October 04, 2004, 23:03:58 »
Fire off 20 or 30 pushups every time you think of it. Like right now, drop and give me 20! But seriously... do it. Everyday, 4 or 5 times or more a day.

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #54 on: October 05, 2004, 08:40:49 »
Be sure to  use the proper pushup form. Arms along your sides, hands under your shoulders, and do a full range of motion. It makes a big difference!

Your recruiting center should have a little CD you can pick up that has videos of the fitness tests, and shows a proper push up method.
It's free, so pick one up the next time you are there.
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Re: Push ups
« Reply #55 on: October 05, 2004, 10:42:26 »
We used to play push-up poker as a way to increase our push-ups.

You and a friend (or you can do it alone) take a deck of cards and each draw a card.
You then do the number of pushups that correspond to the face value of the card.

2-10: The face value of the card
J: 11 pushups
Q: 12 pushups
K: 13 pushups
A: 20 pushups

You keep going back and forth until one person quits. It's a nice way to add some fun to push-ups.

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #56 on: October 05, 2004, 12:00:13 »
and also... if you're even have trouble doing a proper push up, you can start by doing them on your knees.  I know it's the girly way, but it's better to start with something easy and then progress.  You can also try doing them with your hands higher up than your feet, e.g. with your hands on chairs.  It takes a little bit of the weight off.

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #57 on: October 05, 2004, 13:06:09 »
also, you can put your feet up on somthing (i use my bed) and do 20 or so that way. do that for a week then go back to the normal way on a floor and youll find that you can do about 40-50 without a problem, when beofre 20 would have winded you

(my experiance sometime last year, might work for you)

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #58 on: October 05, 2004, 13:14:01 »
I have been re-doing three reps a day for a week now and I increased my numbers by 5 already.  You could do more reps in a day but overall it's not necessary, your muscle needs time to rest or they won't grow as much.

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #59 on: October 06, 2004, 02:31:53 »
I don't know if you go the gym much, but if you do, try super setting push ups into your weights routine.  Everytime I go to the gym, I do a set of whatever and then I hit the mat and pund of as many push ups as I can...keep doing that in between sets...don't overwork yourself and of course take the necessary breaks...but you'll find that you'll improve very quickly...

There's tons of different methods...this is just one...
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Re: Push ups
« Reply #60 on: October 06, 2004, 17:16:42 »
If you do end up at a gym, or even with your own weights at home...there's exercises you can do to improve your triceps that will increase your push up numbers such as; tricep extentions, skull crushers, tricep pulldowns, and a few more.   Then there are all the other push up variations (legs on the bed / arms on the bed, push up poker etc.)...you just have to find an exercise that works best for you, do it, and watch your numbers go up.   Worked for me at least.

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #61 on: October 08, 2004, 13:55:23 »
Pushups are extremely hard on the joints(elbows and shoulders).  I do not recommend doing them over a long period of time but really start to hammer them out the weeks leading up to your fitness test.  A good way to develop the muscles used for pushups is by doing benchpress.  Hold the bar with your hands the same distance apart as you would use for pushups....

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #62 on: October 08, 2004, 16:24:38 »
Pushups are extremely hard on the joints(elbows and shoulders). I do not recommend doing them over a long period of time but really start to hammer them out the weeks leading up to your fitness test. A good way to develop the muscles used for pushups is by doing benchpress. Hold the bar with your hands the same distance apart as you would use for pushups....

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any shoulder, tricep and/or chest exercise weight training will help improve them. Increasing your overall upper body strength will improve your push ups.
As a goal you should be able to bench your own weight about 5-8 times.
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Re: Push ups
« Reply #63 on: October 08, 2004, 16:48:33 »
It'd be an accomplishment to bench your own weight even once...at least it's that way for me and most of the other guys in my weight training class.  In a class of about 25 - 30 guys only (I'd say) about 5 or 7 (I wasn't one of them) could benchpress their own weight, 2 or 3 more then once.  But as soonas you get it once, the second, third, fourth etc. reps will start to come (as long as you continue in your training).
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Re: Push ups
« Reply #64 on: October 08, 2004, 17:27:26 »
Wow thats rough...I guess you are still young so it should rapidly increase once you start training seriously.  I am 6'3 285lbs and can benchpress 315lbs 12 times....the majority of my friends and people that train seriously at the gym do not have much problem benchpressing their bodyweight for reps...any active athletic male that trains should be able too....

Now benchpressing 2x your bodyweight is a feat...(a few of my buddies can ie 200lb bodyweight 405lb benchpress)

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #65 on: October 08, 2004, 18:50:29 »
Im 6'3" 230 I bench well over my own weight.....I agree with DrSize if you cant bench your own weight their is a serious problem. You push yourself out of bed right? ;D

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Re: Push ups
« Reply #66 on: October 09, 2004, 14:03:29 »
Im 6'3" 230 I bench well over my own weight.....I agree with DrSize if you cant bench your own weight their is a serious problem. You push yourself out of bed right? ;D

Now I have no clue how easy/hard it is for you gentlemen to bench your own weight, but I don't even come close. And I can pop off pushups no problem...but bench presses seem to be different somehow...
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Re: Push ups
« Reply #67 on: October 11, 2004, 17:12:17 »
When i do pushups in gym class my teacher tells us to get a partner and have them put a clenched fist ontop of the other. I can do 39 of these. Is this the proper way?
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Re: Push ups
« Reply #68 on: October 11, 2004, 17:18:37 »
When i do pushups in gym class my teacher tells us to get a partner and have them put a clenched fist ontop of the other. I can do 39 of these. Is this the proper way?

No, the way I've done it in the military and testing is, you go all the way down(chest hits the ground), or have buddy put one fist under you chest and you have to go down an touch it with your chest.

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Proper push ups
« Reply #69 on: March 25, 2005, 10:53:51 »
I believe I have seen this on army.ca before but couldn't find it when I did a search. In my gym class we do push ups with our hands just outside the shoulders then go down until our arms are at 90 degrees. When I do this my chest is about 1 inch from the ground. I can do 35 of those before my arms give out. I have heard other places that to do a proper push up you have to have your hands right under your shoulders and go until your chest just touches the floor then go back up. I tried this at home and only managed 10 beforemy arms are really tired but at a push I can just make 19. This to me is unexceptable. I shoud be able to do more than this. So if you guys can tell me which is the proper way to do a push up and some excercises that work to improve my strength it would be appreciated. Also I am under wieght so that may have something to do with it.

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Re: Proper push ups
« Reply #70 on: March 25, 2005, 11:03:01 »
The way they make us do it here at RMC is that only part of your hand is under your shoulders, going down so that your elbows are in line with your shoulder blades.
It's not insubordinate if you know exactly where the line is and walk on it but never cross it.

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Re: Proper push ups
« Reply #71 on: March 25, 2005, 11:05:56 »
You read correctly.   The hands have to be under the shoulders.   I know that this hard, because when I first found out I was doing them wrong and did them the right way I was only able to do 7 and that was unacceptable for my standards as well, but with hard work and persistence I was able to do 15 of them at my physical test which is not too bad I guess since I only needed to do 7.   Good luck with that and don't beat yourself up over it.   It will come to you.

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Re: Proper push ups
« Reply #72 on: March 25, 2005, 16:58:09 »
Does anyone have any good excercises to improve your upper body strength or even entire body strength? Also does being under wieght effect how strong you are/ can be?
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Re: Proper push ups
« Reply #73 on: March 25, 2005, 17:10:35 »
This has all been discussed before, you didn't search hard enough (considering the first sticky thread in this area will more than likely have the answers you are looking for).   When it comes to giving advise to PT programs, it is an individual matter.   Go speak to your gym teacher and ask them, or join a reputable gym and speak to a knowledgable personal trainer.   People here will offer you all sorts of advice, but most of what they know only applies to themselves, and in most case have neither the training or knowledge to be dispensing advice on phyical fitness.

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pushup pains
« Reply #74 on: June 10, 2005, 19:06:33 »
Ok, this problem isn't recent but its becoming more chronic and i currently have no time to go see a doctor about it. While doing larger amounts of consecutive pushups palms to the floor, i get a stabbing pain in my wrist right at the base of the Ulna. this used to be only in my left wrist which I've broken 3 times in the past, but now its in both wrists and its also starting to happen when I'm in the gym as well, mainly while doing benchpress. I'm now to the point with pushups that i can do 50 or more pushups consecutively in good form, but I'm having to stop from this pain before i have to stop from exhaustion. i can fight through the pain and keep going, its really not that excruciating but I'm worried that i might be doing major damage to my wrist. my question is has anyone else experienced this problem? if so what can i do to stop it? i feel its hindering my potential for a personal fitness level.