(Closed) Um..when do pushups get easier?

posted 9 years ago in Fitness
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@Sasha2011:This pic describes it best….

Post # 18
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Busy Beekeeper

How long have you been doing them?

And – to answer your question – yes – push ups were always so difficult for me.  But, after time, they did get easier.  How much time – honestly, it depends on how frequently you are doing them and if you are giving 100% effort each time (or just wussing out when it starts to get hard).

You should notice them starting to get easier after a couple weeks – with a full transition in 3-6 months.  It took me a full year to go from girl pushups to boy pushups… but for the wedding I worked out hard from March to October and had nice arm definition in that time.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee

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I tried the stairs last night.

Question:  What do you do in the ‘down’ position of that method?   Do you keep your legs straight – balancing on the tip of your toes like the model?  Then what – touch your nose to the stairs/or near the stairs?  Arms far apart?

I just wasn’t sure I was doing it right

Thanks for the ideas girls!

Post # 20
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My sister, who used to be a personal trainer, told me to start off with 20 knee push-ups. The make my goal to do 15 knee push-ups and 5 real push-ups. Then 10 of each. Etc., until I get to doing all regular push-ups.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee

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That is what I do as well usually.  I tried the stairs ones for the first time last night.

I am just really worried about getting more ‘bulk’ around my arms/upper body/shoulders.  I have a very upside down triangle shape as it is and don’t want to get bigger so I am hoping that the stair pushups may work in the same way that using less weight/more reps does.  More toning – less muscle

You’re lucky you have a sister whose brain you can pick!


Post # 22
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Push-ups are harder if you don’t have any chest musculars.  You can take some time to lift chest, and it will help you to learn to isolate that muscle and give you the strength you need for push-ups.  I agree with the PP that having a stronger core will also definitely help. 

One thing on using stairs adn beneches, it works different parts of your chest (the lower or upper part of your chest).    

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@Oneeleven: you won’t really have to worry about bulk from just push-ups. I’m naturally really muscular, and even from me, the only way I get “bulk” is when I do lifting with individualized muscule groups for an extended period of time.   

Post # 23
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

you really need to alternate the way you do them. there are 11 ways to do proper push-ups. if you are doing the same style of push ups and they aren’t getting any harder, that tells me that you are doing them wrong. i use the perfect push-ups and alternate the style of puch-ups i di every day. try to deviate from the norm and you will see more improvements as well 🙂

Post # 24
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think the incline/stairs ideas and the holding the plank position are really good ideas.

Part of what makes push-ups so hard is that they use so many different muscle groups.  Planks will really help with the core muscles that are engaged when you’re doing them, and any sort of chest press type exercise will help with the chest muscles.  You can do a good chest press while lying flat on the floor with dumbells – just hold them above your chest with arms bent and straighten your arms out, then repeat.  These are some of the stronger muscles in your body, so you’ll want to use a heavier dumbell (even if you’re not that strong to start out with, 1 or 3lb weights are not going to cut it here).

I think starting with targeted exercises, with holding a plank, and with modified push-ups is a really great way to start building the strength to be able to do more.  But they are hard and they will remain hard.  Especially doing them in the midst of an exercise routine.  I totally rock at push-ups, and when Shaun T. starts telling me to do them in the middle of some crazy Insanity workout, I totally suck at them.  So maybe try doing them their own a little too so your muscles aren’t already tired from other exercises.

Post # 25
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

If you have access to an assisted pull up machine (at most gyms), that really help build me up to pushups – chest, arms, back, core.  It basically lets you do a pull up using counterweight – ie, you can make yourself weigh “80 lbs” and do a pull up.  i try to release one more weight every few weeks though i don’t know that i will/if i ever want to get to unassisted pull up.  

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