Why can I not do a push-up??

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Doing a push up requires using those certain muscles to do one.  It doesnt matter how in shape you are or how often you work out if you’re not working out the muscles that it uses.  If you want to do a push up, you just need to keep working that group out.  Get something to prop yourself up wiht your legs out like a “real” push up closer and closer to your feet if the knee ones are too easy, and keep pushing it out futher and futher until you reach your feet.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

BrooklynBee2014:  i agree with PP’s suggestion. also, just push yourself. if you can do one on your knees without issue, then stop doing it on your knees and accept the challenge of being in “proper” form. go as low as you’re able (even if it’s not much) and keep practicing, going farther, until you’re able to go all the way down. you’ll be surprised how much progress you make once you’re challenging yourself and working the muscles you need to be able to do it.

i never ever thought i’d be able to do push ups or pull ups. it was a matter of just practicing little by little until i got better, and a lot of mind over matter too.

“whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

SAME HERE!!! Even my trainer doesn’t understand it.. I do as MrsHalpert: suggested and just keep trying. I also chest press often to gain those muscles in my chest…

I’m so determined to do it! I’m hoping another couple weeks. Right now I can make it bascially halfway down.  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Just do what you can on your toes! I used to struggle, (still do sometimes) but I have worked up to 5 on my toes before hitting my knees

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

This summer my husband and I started the pushup challenge. 20 a night, everynight, I started on my knees then 15 and 5 reg, and now I can do 20!! Mind over matter, just do one to start and keep going, and keep it a part of your routine. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I took a class at the gym that worked on core stuff, but also incorporated push-ups in it too. The instructor advised that if you couldn’t do them on your knees… still be on your knees but bring them in closer to your chest. This way, you’re still doing the push-up move but not forcing your body weight to control it all.

I am better at wide push-ups, than those like triceps… but still am weak!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That bad arm placement may also be making the ones from your knees too easy. I do that at the end of my set when I get tired. First I drop to my knees, then I start having bad form. lol.  So it’s giving you false hope. Instead of doing ones from your knees to work your way up, start the regular pushup from the top and only go down a little hair and push back up. Then challenge yourself to go deeper and deeper. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

BrooklynBee2014:  focus on turning your elbows inward so the insides face each other when you’re in plank position. If you still can’t do it after making that adjustment, I am guessing that your triceps are too weak to push your body back up. Add tricep dips and similar exercises to your workouts and keep practicing knee push-ups with your elbows properly aligned. It will come with time!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Your core muscles are probably weak. You can do some arm workouts to strengthen your arms and shoulders, but also work your core muscles (Planks are excellent since they put you in the “pushup position”) and when you can do those easily or without a great deal of pain, you can start doing pushups.

Post # 12
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Newbee

You could try to do the ‘lowering’ part of the push up normally. Then once you are all the way down use your knees to get back up. Also, hand release push ups on your knees can help build strength.

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